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Job seekers hopeful with employment numbers

Positive outlook for job seekers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado is at its lowest unemployment rate in five years and the number of jobs grew last month, according to data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. It's giving job seekers a positive outlook.

The data said the unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent, the lowest it's been since 2008. And the number of non-farm payroll jobs increased by 2,200 from November to December. Private sector payroll jobs increased by 2,400. But government jobs decreased by 200.

At the Pikes Peak Workforce Center, things are looking up.

"We are seeing an increase in the number of employers who are connecting with the workforce center and offering open positions," said Dana Barton, business relations and employment development director.

On Tuesday about a dozen people were at the center using its resources to find work. They said they are hopeful they will find it soon.

"They just have a lot of resources that help people who are looking for employment to help them find employment," job seeker Lloyd Springfield said.

Barton said those who attend the center's workshops meet with their consultants and receive help on their resumes increase their ability to find work.

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