FILE - Colorado Jobs

A sign hangs on the window of an automobile dealership in need of workers in the east Denver suburb of Aurora, Colo., in this AP file photo.

Colorado employers added more than 6,000 jobs from February to March, according to the state’s labor department.

The state has over 2.7 million jobs, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said. The numbers are according to the agency’s survey of businesses in the state.

The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.5 percent from February to March, while the national rate is 3.8 percent.

The 6,100 jobs added are non-farm payroll jobs, according to the department. The state has added more than 45,000 jobs since March of last year, “with an increase of 42,000 in the private sector and an increase of 3,100 in government.” 

“The largest private sector job gains were in professional and business services, educational and health services, and trade, transportation, and utilities,” the department said. “Financial activities declined over the year.”

The average hourly earnings also increased from $28.39 to $30.27 during February to March. 

Colorado employers added 700 jobs from from January to February. 

While Colorado is adding jobs, it’s cities are also growing in population

Almost every city increased in population in 2017-18, according to U.S. Census Bureau. The Denver-Aurora-Lakewood metro area grew by 39,436 people, and Colorado Springs grew by 13,501 people.

Colorado had the sixth highest gross domestic product growth nationally in the third quarter of last year, with an overall GDP of $369 billion.

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.