DENVER — Colorado's unemployment rate decreased to 7.9 percent in October, down one-tenths of a percentage point from September's unemployment rate of 8.0 percent.

Colorado matched the national unemployment rate of 7.9 percent last month. Colorado's unemployment rate was down two-tenths of a percentage point from October of 2011, when the rate was 8.1 percent.

The figures released Tuesday by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment show the largest over-the-month private sector job gains were in professional and business services, health and education. Jobs in mining, logging and construction were down slightly from September, but above where those sectors were a year ago. 

Boulder County's unemployment — which was not adjusted for seasonal variations in employment — remained unchanged at 5.7 percent.

Broomfield County's jobless rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point to 6.9 percent. 

County and metropolitan statistical area figures are not immediately adjusted for seasonal changes.

Comparatively, the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate for Colorado was 7.5 percent, up 0.1 percentage points from September. 

Camera Business Reporter Alicia Wallace contributed to this report.



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