Colorado Springs unemployment figures remained unchanged in July, according to preliminary data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The area’s unemployment rate is 9.8 percent, higher than the state’s average of 8.3 percent. Colorado’s unemployment rate went up .1 percent in July from  the previous month. The state’s labor department said the increase was because more people reported their status as unemployed.

The state added 4,700 jobs from June to July 2012, and a total of 37,000 for the 12-month period.

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 4,500 from June to July for a total of 2.2 million jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,200 and government increased 300.

The biggest employers in private-sector jobs: hospitality and leisure, manufacturing, professional and business services. The labor department said there were no major declines in any categories they track.


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