FILE - Now Hiring sign in Loveland, Colorado

Colorado employers added 9,500 jobs from March to April, according to numbers released by the state’s labor department.

The state’s unemployment rate also dropped to 3.4 percent, down from 3.5 percent the prior month. The national unemployment rate is 3.6 percent for April.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said in a news release the state has over 2.76 million non-farming jobs in total.

Of the jobs added from March to April, 8,300 were in the private sector and 1,200 were in government, according to the department. 

This year, jobs in the state increased by 49,100, “with an increase of 45,900 in the private sector and an increase of 3,200 in government.” 

The department said the job growth mostly came in the professional services, educational and health services, and leisure. 

The department also noted that while the average work week decreased from from 33.9 to 32.6 hours between March and April, “average hourly earnings increased from $28.79 to $30.34.” 

Colorado employers added more than 6,000 jobs in the previous month, and 700 jobs from January to February.

Colorado’s cities are also growing in population and its economy has been ranked top in the nation.

The state’s population as a whole is almost 5.7 million, up from 5 million almost a decade ago.

Regional Editor

Derek Draplin is a regional editor at The Center Square. He previously worked as an opinion producer at Forbes, and as a reporter at Michigan Capitol Confidential and The Detroit News. He’s also an editor at The Daily Caller.