Employers in Colorado added 4,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June, dropping the state’s unemployment rate to 8.5 percent, according to the state’s Bureau of Labor and Employment.

While there was a net increase overall, government jobs dropped by 2,600 jobs, while the private sector added 7,100.

June marked the fourth straight drop in unemployment, according to the household survey results.

Nationally, he unemployment rate increased from 9.1 percent to 9.2 percent for the same period.

Wages dropped slightly for the time period, from $23.63 an hour to $23.54 an hour.

The largest job gains were in leisure and hospitality, education and health, and in trade, transportation and utilities. Construction, financial activies and information sectors continue to decline.

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During the year, the state’s unemployment rate is down from 8.8 percent in June 2010.