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Jobless Rate Up In Roaring Fork Valley

More people unemployed in Aspen-area in December 2010 than in prior year

January 27, 2011 by Scott Condon / The Aspen Times

The Roaring Fork Valley can’t shake the recession, according to an unemployment report released this week by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Unemployment in all three of the counties that comprise the Roaring Fork Valley was higher in December than the same month in 2009, the report showed.

Pitkin County’s unemployment rate crept up from 5.5 percent in December 2009 to 6.8 percent last month. Garfield County’s unemployment rate surged from 7.8 percent in December 2009 to 9.4 percent last month. Eagle County’s unemployed increased from 6.9 percent of the work force in December 2009 to 8 percent last month.

The numbers suggest that while the national economy is slowly recovering, the Roaring Fork Valley’s economy is still ailing.

“I think it’s getting worse,” said Marie Gasau, minister at the Basalt United Community Methodist Church.

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