COMING UP: Don't miss Xfinity Monday Live, with special guest Broncos kicker Brandon McManus. Watch it on CBS4 at 6:30 p.m. or head to ViewHouse Centennial to see it live!

Colo. Unemployment Rate Inches Up To 8.8 Percent

DENVER (AP) – Colorado’s unemployment rate reached 8.8 percent in December, which could qualify the state’s job seekers for an extra six weeks of unemployment benefits.

Federal law allows states with a three-month average unemployment rate of at least 8.5 percent to receive the extension in benefits. Colorado is awaiting official notification that it qualifies.

The state labor department said Tuesday that Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.8 percent in December, up from 8.6 percent in November and 7.3 percent in December 2009.

The labor department says Colorado has had four straight months of job growth, but the number of job seekers also is rising.

The national unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in December.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


More From CBS Denver

Send A News Tip

Listen Live

AM/FM Stations

Featured Shows & Multimedia