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Unemployment high in southern Colorado

Higher in Colo. Springs, Pueblo than state, national averages

Unemployment still high in southern Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - As Americans celebrate the workers' holiday on Labor Day, many are struggling to find work.

The unemployment rate in southern Colorado is higher than the national and state averages.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Colorado's unemployment rate was 7.1 percent in July 2013.  That's close to the national average, which is 7.4 percent.

But in Colorado Springs, the unemployment rate is 8.4 percent and Pueblo is at 9.9 percent -- They're both improvements from previous months, but the numbers could be misleading.  Many workers have stopped actively looking for work and are not included in these statistics.

Kim Anderson, a Colorado Springs resident, says she has been actively searching for work since 2009.  She told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that, as a single mother, it's been difficult to find a job that allows her the flexibility to care for her special needs child.

"It's been very difficult," Anderson said.  "Basically I have to find a job that's flexible enough for me to be able to take him to therapies and can pay the bills."

Anderson's unemployment plight echoes that of the nearly 200,000 unemployed people in Colorado.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics will release its latest jobs numbers on Friday.  Click here to read more about unemployment in Colorado.

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