Construction surge leads way in falling unemployment in Colorado

Construction worker

DENVER — With good job numbers posted for the construction industry in their back pocket, a group of tool company owners held an appreciation barbeque, near the South Platte River, for workers to celebrate after some lean years.

The companies were there to congratulate, but also recruit.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment released employment numbers Friday which show a decrease in the unemployment rate for April, and also a need for more construction workers. Unemployment dropped in Colorado to six percent — the lowest level in six years.  The surge in construction is leading the way in reducing unemployment.

Reached by phone, the Colorado Contractors Association says while they are “encouraged” by the latest numbers, but they are not seeing enough of the “skilled-worker set” applying for the many jobs that are still out there.