Weld unemployment rate remains steady at 3.3 percent
March 24, 2017
Colorado unemployment rates
County / February 2017 / February 2016
Boulder / 2.8 percent / 3.1 percent
Colo. Springs / 3.8 percent / 4.4 percent
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood / 3.2 percent / 3.6 percent
Fort Collins / 3.0 percent / 3.4 percent
Grand Junction / 5.3 percent / 6.3 percent
Greeley / 3.3 percent / 4.1 percent
Pueblo / 4.9 percent / 5.5 percent
Source: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Weld County's unemployment appears to have stabilized, remaining unchanged from January, while the area continues to add more jobs.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported Friday Weld, otherwise known as the Greeley Metropolitan Statistical Area, remained steady at 3.3 percent for February. The rate, however, has declined from 4.1 percent last year at the same time.
The county added 900 jobs over the month to a total of 100,100 total jobs, which was 1,900 more than last year the same time.
The numbers come from a survey of households and business establishments.
Employers in Colorado as a whole added 2,000 jobs from January to, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,900 and government decreased 2,900, according to the release.
According to the survey of households, the state unemployment rate also was unchanged from January to February at 2.9 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 10,400 over the month to 2,922,500 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 10,300 to 2,837,800.
Due to rounding, both the number of unemployed and unemployment rate were unchanged from January. The national unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in February to 4.7 percent.
Weld's biggest changes in jobs was a 300-job increase in the mining and logging and construction industry, which combine oil and gas and construction jobs. Manufacturing lost 200 over the month and trade transportation and utilizes remained unchanged since January. The categories of Education and health services and professional and business services each gained by 100 jobs during the month.