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State Updates Job #’s For End of 2012

Elise Thatcher

There were about 4400 more jobs last November than previously thought. That’s according to the latest numbers from Colorado’s Department of Labor and Employment. Chief Economist Alexandra Hall says the update doesn’t increase the overall average number of jobs during the fourth quarter of 2012. But the update does show Colorado's job numbers appear to be accurately reflecting the state's economy.

The report covers fourth quarter jobs in 2012 from a statewide perspective, along with Colorado’s major metropolitan areas. According to separate county-by-county numbers, Garfield saw drop in fourth quarter jobs in 2012, compared to a year before. Eagle County had about 700 more jobs compared to 2011. And Pitkin County had about 300 more jobs in 2012’s fourth quarter than a year before.

The Colorado Labor Department pointed out job numbers are collected where people work--not where they live. Overall, Chief Economist Alexandra Hall says there was steady growth across Colorado last year with exceptions in Garfield County and some other areas.