Grand County jobless rate rises from 2.7 percent last year to 3.5 percent this year |

Grand County jobless rate rises from 2.7 percent last year to 3.5 percent this year

Tonya Bina
Grand County, Colorado

Grand County’s employment rate for September reflects job losses in the construction industry, according to a report from the Colorado Workforce Center in Granby.

This drop in construction work coincides with national numbers, as the U.S. Department of Labor reports “employment continues to fall in construction, manufacturing and retail trade, while mining and health care continues to add jobs.”

September’s national rate at 6.1 percent, or 9.5 million unemployed persons, is higher than Colorado’s rate of 4.9 percent, or 136,077 unemployed.

Grand County, at 3.5 percent unemployment in September, is faring better than the state average. Grand County’s rate reflects 335 residents without jobs out of a labor force of 9,649.

Last year, the county’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent. This year’s increase is considered significant, according to Granby’s Workforce Center.

As many as 85 more people are out of work this year compared with last year.

However, stats also show that more people have joined the workforce from 2007 to 2008, and more workers overall are holding down jobs.

Although the number of construction jobs is shrinking, the job market in Grand County can absorb the unemployed, said Workforce officials on Friday.

Jobs are still available, although out-of-work employees from the construction industry may have to settle for less pay during the downturn, they said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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