Colorado's jobless rate has continuously been lower than the nation.
Credit Colorado Department of Labor and Employment / Bureau of Labor Statistics
June 2014 marks yet another gain in job growth and a steadily decreasing unemployment rate for Colorado. These gains can be thanked largely on the public sector, although private sector jobs are on the rise as well.
The state comes out ahead compared to the national average with several northern Front Range counties faring significantly better than the rest of the state.
A large portion of Colorado's job growth is connected to leisure and hospitality.
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Colorado added nearly 14,000 payroll jobs in April, marking the largest spike of monthly employment since 2011. It’s not just job availability either, Coloradans are working less and getting paid more, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
There's a small frame hanging on the wall near the computer Josie Maisano uses to search for work. Inside there's a picture of her at this year's State of the Union address and a blue ribbon that Democrats wore that night to highlight the plight of people like Maisano, whose unemployment benefits stopped at the end of December.
"Oh, my God. It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience," says Maisano. "Listening to President Obama, it was just very, very heartwarming."