Hiring hurdles as Colorado unemployment rate stays at lowest rate in decades

Posted at 5:30 AM, Jul 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-25 10:03:00-04
DENVER — Colorado unemployment is at the same rate it's been for the past few months now. At 2.3 percent, Colorado has one of the lowest rates in the country. Even with the smaller percentage, some Colorado businesses are actually having to seek out more applicants.
Owners of local cleaning business Alpine Maids said they are investing in more advertising to reach more potential employees. The business is also offering more incentives to get people to apply and ultimately accept a job.
"I would say a couple of months ago our applicants dropped from maybe 10 plus applicants a day down to maybe one or two and it was a surprise absolutely," said Alpine Maids owner Chris Willatt.
Alpine Maids is posting job listings on sites including Craigslist and Indeed to help catch the attention of more people looking for jobs. Employees at Alpine Maids start at $14 an hour with bonuses offered based on ratings from customers.
The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment shared industries that saw the biggest job gains in June. Professional and business services, education and health services and leisure and hospitality services saw the biggest jumps. The largest declines in jobs were in construction and information services.