At the same time, there are millions of Americans you can't find in monthly job reports. They've been unemployed so long they're no longer counted, or they're working just a few hours a week in jobs that can't support them. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also said yesterday that what they call the labor force participation rate fell again to 63.5 percent, the lowest number since 1981.
Colorado’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in December, ticking down from 7.7 to 7.6 percent. At the same time, officials with the state Department of Labor and Employment say Colorado lost 2,500 private sector jobs.