Colorado unemployment rate ticks up to 8.3 percent

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DENVER – With less than three months until Election Day, Colorado’s unemployment rate ticked up to 8.3 percent over the month of July.

The slight uptick from June’s 8.2 percent rate puts Colorado’s rate on the same level as the national rate for the first time since 2005.

Overall, the state added 4,500 jobs between June and July, but it wasn’t enough to offset the growing number of people still looking for work.

The news is dismal for job-seekers — and for President Obama’s chances of winning this critical swing state.

Not surprisingly, the Romney campaign was quick to issue a statement on the job numbers Friday morning.

“Once again, residents of Colorado have received more dismal news about the state of the Obama economy,” said the RNC’s Colorado spokeswoman, Ellie Wallace. “Over the last four years, President Obama’s failed economic policies have left us with more unemployment, more debt, and more uncertainty for middle-class families struggling to make ends meet. 

“The facts show the President is wrong and his policies have not worked. Governor Romney has a plan to get our economy back on track by creating 12 million jobs in his first term, addressing our skyrocketing debt, preserving and protecting Medicare, and empowering small businesses.”