The size of the county's labor force has increased over the past year, but so has the number of people reported as employed. A report on Colorado's employment situation released last week shows a total labor force of 14,841 in November 2017, up about a thousand from November 2016. Over the same period of time, the unemployment rate dropped from 4.2 percent to 3.6 percent. The neighboring counties of Mesa and Montrose report unemployment rates of 3.7 percent and 3.0 percent, respectively, for November 2017. The state's unemployment rate is 2.9 percent, far below the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the largest private sector gain in the state has been in construction.