Economist: New data indicate Colorado Springs job numbers back to pre-recession levels
|By Wayne Heilman; by WAYNE HEILMAN [email protected] -|
Local payrolls totaled 262,400 in April, matching the previous peak reached in
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Most of the area's job gains came in the professional and technical services, retail and construction industries, which contributed more than 70 percent of the nearly 5,200 jobs added between the fourth quarter of 2012 and the final quarter of last year.
The local economy took longer to recover than the rest of the state.
Every metropolitan area in the state has exceeded its pre- recession peak except
Hall's calculations come from data released Wednesday that covers the final three months of 2013. She expects the data to also trigger an upward revision in last year's payroll growth rate for the area to 2.2 percent from 2 percent. For the state, she anticipates the annual revision to show that the payroll grew 3 percent instead of the 2.9 percent rate the bureau reported in March.
The bureau's April payroll data for the Springs area shows job growth of just 1.3 percent. But Hall expects that rate to be revised upward to 2.3 percent as part of the annual process. She also expects statewide payroll growth for April to be revised upward.
The area's unemployment rate, released Wednesday by the bureau, fell to 7.4 percent in April from 7.6 percent in March, resuming a steady decline after increasing in March during the previous month for the first time in 4? years. The decline came as 845 more area residents were employed in April over the previous month, while the number of unemployed fell by 469 and the labor force expanded by 376. The local jobless rate is down from 8.1 percent in
Unemployment rates fell in April from March in all of the state's metropolitan areas with Boulder the lowest at 4.7 percent and Pueblo the highest at 8.8 percent. The local unemployment rate remains the second highest among the seven metro areas and more than a full percentage point higher than both the state and national rates.
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