State unemployment rate ticks down to 6. 1 percent

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DENVER — The state unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent in January, its lowest level since December 2008.

In all, 7,300 nonfarm payroll jobs were added, bringing the number of jobs to 2,412,200, the Department of Labor and Employment reported Monday.

Private sector payroll jobs increased 7,600 and government decreased 300, according to a monthly survey of business establishments.

Leisure and hospitality, construction, and education and health services had the largest private-sector job gains.

The state unemployment rate reached 9.1 percent in October 2010 but has been declining steadily since then.

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