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Unemployment down in Dec.

RYAN SLABAUGHsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County’s unemployment rate in December was the sixth-lowest in Colorado, according to Colorado Department of Labor statistics released this week.In December, the unemployment rate was at 3.2 percent, down from 4.3 percent in November and 3.7 percent in December 2004.”(Statewide), the annual average wage and salary employment grew more than 46,000 jobs to a level nearly equal to the 2001 all-time high,” CDOL director Rick Grice said in a statement. Eagle County shared the same December unemployment rate as Summit, and dropped from 4.8 percent in November. The folks west of Vail pass experienced a 4 percent unemployment rate in December 2004.Garfield County’s unemployment rate continues to drop, but not as much as Pitkin County’s. Pitkin County’s unemployment rate dropped from 6.3 percent in November to 3.1 percent in December. The lowest unemployment rate in Colorado was 3 percent in Cheyenne County. Garfield County has the 10th lowest unemployment rate in the state, at 3.3 percent. That’s down from 3.4 percent in November and 4.2 percent in December 2004. CDOL announced Tuesday that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell four tenths of one percent to 4.6 percent. The national unemployment rate is 4.9 percent.Costilla County, in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, had the state’s highest unemployment rate last month at 9.5 percent. Bobby Magill contributed to this story.Unemployment Rates DownCountyDecember 2005December 2004Summit3.23.7Eagle3.43.9Pitkin3.13.6Lake4.75.4Grand3.83.9SOURCE: Colorado Department of Labor

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