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Unemployment rate dips to 15-year low

Douglas County’s jobless rate the lowest in Metro Denver at 2.5 percent

Douglas County's unemployment rate has hit a new 15-year low of 2.5 percent and is the lowest among the 10 metro counties.
Douglas County’s unemployment rate has hit a new 15-year low of 2.5 percent and is the lowest among the 10 metro counties.

 

With the lowest unemployment rate in the Metro Denver area, according to recent data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Douglas County’s unadjusted jobless rate is now down to a 15-year low of 2.5 percent.

“It is a goal of ours as a board to help create conditions that enable all of our citizens and businesses the opportunity to prosper,” said Commissioner Jill Repella. “Our business-friendly attitude as well as our significant investment in transportation, public safety and other foundational infrastructure has had much to do with this success.”

Douglas’ January unemployment figures are the lowest in its 10-county Metro Statistical Area (MSA). Douglas is trailed most closely in the MSA by Broomfield (2.7 percent), Jefferson (2.8), Arapahoe (3.0) and Denver (3.1).

The overall unadjusted employment rate for the Metro Denver MSA stood at 3.0 in January, down 1.6 percent from a year ago. Douglas County’s unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in January 2015.

According to recent data, financial sector, construction, transportation, logging and mining, manufacturing, professional, leisure and hospitality, education and health services, and retail jobs are all on the rise in Douglas County.

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