Although the industry is slowly starting to recover, Denver manufacturing jobs saw the smallest increase in employment last month.

During March, the Denver area’s unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent to 9.3 percent, accounting for the second monthly decrease in a row. However, the latest decrease still puts the area’s rate above the national average of 8.8 percent.

The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area employed about 1,184,600 workers during March, which is up from 1,176,000 workers during February and a .9 percent increase from last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That monthly increase in employment was mainly due to the multiple industries that added thousands of jobs each. The professional and business services industry experienced the biggest growth during March, adding 2,700 jobs over the month.

That was followed by the leisure and hospitality’s addition of 1,800 employees; the mining, logging, and construction industry’s addition of 1,400 workers; and the government industry’s addition of 1,300 jobs over the month.

The education and health services industry added 800 workers, while the financial activities industry added 600 employees, and the manufacturing industry saw the smallest growth of 400 jobs.

Six industries managed to see a yearly increase in employment, including:

  • Education and health services by 3.5 percent
  • Professional and business services by 2.7 percent
  • Leisure and hospitality by 2.3 percent
  • Manufacturing by 1.3 percent
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities by .9 percent
  • Government by .1 percent

Every other industry lost jobs on a monthly and yearly basis, except for the other services industry, which remained even between March 2010 and March 2011 with 47,000 jobs.

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