October Unemployment Up

Denver—There were a few more people in the unemployment lines in Colorado last month. According to the state labor department, the jobless rate increased two-tenths of a percentage point from September to 2.7%.  Officials say that was mainly due to fewer people working for the government and more finding jobs in the private sector.  In the tri-county area, unemployment was up across the board from September to October.  In Garfield County the jump went from 2.1% to 2.6%.  Pitkin County’s jobless rate was up over a full percentage point to 3.5% while in Eagle County, unemployment rose from 1.7% to 2.4%.  Nationally, the rate dropped to 4.1% in October.