While the U.S. unemployment rate dropped from 9.4 to 9.0 percent in January, Colorado's unemployment rate went up from 8.9 to 9.1 percent.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said private sector sector jobs increased by 5,000 in January 2011, but government jobs decreased by 2,800.
"While there is job growth, it is not enough to keep pace with the number of people who need jobs," said Bill Thoennes, spokesman for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.
In January, 243,300 people in Colorado were unemployed, officials said.
At 9.1 percent, the January 2011 unemployment rate is up two-tenths of one percentage point from 8.9 percent in January 2010.
The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force declined 29,500 to 2,670,700 in the last year.
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