Over the last few months, Colorado as a whole has enjoyed some of the lowest unemployment in the US. For workers in Mesa County, the news isn't as cheery.

Colorado's unemployment rate held steady at 2.3% from May to June. According to the US Department of Labor, that ties with North Dakota for the states with the lowest unemployment rate in the US.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) reports the national unemployment rate increased marginally from 4.3 percent in May to 4.4 percent in June.

Around Western Colorado, employment opportunities were mixed with some counties reporting decreases in unemployment and others increases. In Mesa County, unemployment rose from 3.3% in May to 3.6% in June.

Here's a comparison of unemployment rates in various western Colorado counties.

Unemployment May - Unemployment June (Change)

  • Delta County  3.2% - 3.4% (+0.2%)
  • Eagle County  3.0% - 2.2% (-0.8%)
  • Garfield County  2.8% - 2.6% (-0.2%)
  • Gunnison County  2.2% - 1.9% (-0.3%)
  • Mesa County  3.3% - 3.6% (+0.3%)
  • Moffat County  2.8% - 2.8% (No Change)
  • Montrose County  2.8% - 2.9% (+0.1%)
  • Ouray County  3.0% - 2.6% (-0.4%)
  • Pitkin County  5.4% - 2.6% (-2.8%)
  • Rio Blanco County  3.3% - 3.5% (+0.2%)
  • San Juan County  2.5% - 1.9% (-0.6%)
  • San Miguel County  5.8% - 2.1% (-3.7%)

Source: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment