As western Colorado heads into the summer tourist season, the employment situation in Mesa County hasn't changed, at least for the last couple of months.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reports Mesa County unemployment for April was 5.9 percent, the same as March.

Statewide unemployment increased two-tenths of a point to 3.1 percent. The increase is due to 11,300 people looking for jobs, but only 6,100 of those job seekers finding employment.

Nationally, the unemployment rate remained unchanged month to month at 5 percent.

Here is a look at other western Colorado counties unemployment rates from  March / April in percentages of the population in each county who are unemployed as reported by CDLE.

  • Delta - 5.6 (unchanged)
  • Eagle - 2.4 / 2.8 percent
  • Garfield - 4.0 (unchanged)
  • Gunnison - 2.4 / 2.8
  • Moffat - 4.9 / 4.8
  • Montrose - 4.7 (unchanged)
  • Ouray - 4.6 / 4.9
  • Pitkin - 2.5 / 3.3
  • Rio Blanco - 5.8 / 6.2
  • Routt - 2.5 / 3.1
  • San Juan - 5.5 / 5.2
  • San Miguel - 2.2 / 5.8

Huerfano, which includes the town of Walsenburg, remains the Colorado county with the highest unemployment in the state. However, unemployment in that county dropped from 7.3 percent in March to 6.6 percent in April.