According the data, Colorado has 'created' only 45,000 jobs over the past year. In addition to the 150,000 'officially' unemployed, there has been tens of thousands of 'new entrants' (population growth) into the workforce, combined with (or including people moving into the state). Please see the Colorado Center on Law & Policy (CCLP) data found in their 'Colorado Recovery Watch - March 2012' report which indicates that 4,000 people entered the labor force during the month of March, 2012 alone. According to the data at CCLP, Colorado currently has a shortfall of 206,000 jobs:
We all know that the 'long term unemployed' are having a very hard time getting hired -regardless of whether they are '99ers', '86ers', or '73ers' - and that many of the 'exhaustees' remain unemployed while the 'new' jobs are being filled by migrants coming into the state and by those who've been unemployed for lesser periods of time.
This continuing debacle at the CO Department of Labor & Employment only exacerbates the issues faced by the states long term unemployed...
Denver Unemployment Examiner
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