How to Spin Positives From Negative Unemployment News

June 4 2009, 10:37 AM

Unemployment in Greeley is at 8.1 percent, the worst in Colorado, according to the latest figures released yesterday, serving as a reminder that a year ago in April the Greeley metro area's unemployment rate was just 4.5 percent. Colorado as a whole is doing slightly better, with an unemployment rate of 7.3 percent, writes the Northern Colorado Business Report, which notes that the rate in the Denver-Aurora-Broomfield area is 7.5. One positive outlook on the matter is to see the figures as an improvement over March's. Another is that the national unemployment rate of 8.6 percent is worse. But tell that to the 75 faculty and staff members who are losing their jobs at the University of Colorado, which announced nearly $13 million in cuts yesterday, reports Boulder's Daily Camera. Governor Bill Ritter has responded by signing six pieces of legislation meant to help families who are struggling to find jobs and pay their bills, including measures extending certain unemployment benefits and giving people more time to prevent their homes from being foreclosed upon, according to this press release (via the Cherry Creek News). And thanks to Colorado son and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, entrance fees to national parks will be waived for a few days this year, including at Rocky Mountain National Park and Mesa Verde National Park, writes The Colorado Independent.