Colorado adds jobs in February, continues two-year trend

Photo: Unemployment (iStock)New job numbers released on Friday show that Colorado has continued to add jobs for more than two years running. February marked the 28th straight month of job growth in the state.

Colorado added 6,200 jobs last month for a total workforce of more than 2.4 million people.

Colorado’s 6.1 percent unemployment rate in February was about a half point below the national rate.

Chief Economist with the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Alexandra Hall believes that trend could continue.

"I think as long as the nation is doing well, we’re going to see Colorado doing even better," Hall says.

And unlike recent job reports that saw parts of the state still struggling, Hall says all but a few of Colorado’s 64 counties saw unemployment fall last month as compared to one year ago.

"The labor force situation really improved over all areas of the state with the number of people in the labor force increasing, and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increasing in almost all areas," Hall says.

The sectors that saw the biggest jobs gains last month were business services and hospitality but jobs in education and health services declined in February.