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Nov 21, 10:29 AM EST

Colorado jobless rate hits 4.3 percent, 6 1/2-year low


DENVER (AP) -- Colorado's unemployment rate has dropped by 0.4 percentage point to 4.3 percent in October, the lowest level in more than 6 1/2 years.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday that private-sector jobs decreased by 2,100 and government jobs increased by 2,400 in October, for a net gain of 300 positions.

Officials say the state has had three years of uninterrupted job growth. The last time Colorado's unemployment rate was this low was in March 2008.

The national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in October.

State officials say employment statistics are gathered from separate surveys of households and businesses, which sometimes produce conflicting results.

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