The number of jobs Denver (Click here) had available during September continued to grow.
During September, the unemployment rate throughout Colorado increased from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent, which is still below the national average of 9.6 percent. The Denver area had an unemployment rate of 8.1 percent during August.
The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area had a total non-farm employment of 1,192,100 workers during September, which is up from 1,191,300 workers during August and only a .2 percent decrease from last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Two industries were responsible for all of the area's monthly employment gains during September. The government industry added the most workers, increasing by 7,400 jobs, while the education and health services industry added 800 jobs.
Every other industry saw a monthly decrease in employment, including:
- Leisure and hospitality by 3,900 jobs
- Mining, logging and construction by 1,100 jobs
- Trade, transportation and utilities by 800 jobs
- Financial activities by 700 jobs
- Other services by 400 jobs
- Manufacturing by 200 jobs
- Information by 200 jobs
- Professional and business services by 100 jobs
When compared to last year, the employment situation was even among the industries, with half adding jobs and half shedding workers.
The education and health services industry experienced the biggest increase, growing by 3.3 percent over the year to 142,500 jobs. That was followed by the leisure and hospitality industry, which increased by 1.3 percent to 129,500 workers.
The professional and business services industry grew by .9 percent to 202,800 jobs; while the government industry increased by .7 percent to 178,300 workers; and the other services industry grew by .4 percent to 47,600 jobs.
The mining, logging and construction industry took the biggest hit when compared to last year, decreasing by 5.7 percent to 71,400 jobs. That was followed by the manufacturing industry, which dropped by 5 percent to 59,000 workers.
The information industry declined by 2.2 percent to 44,600 jobs; while the financial activities industry decreased by 1.5 percent to 90,200 workers; and the trade, transportation and utilities industry dropped by .8 percent to 226,200 jobs.