By Pat Sunderland
According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the unemployment rate in Delta County decreased half a percentage point in September to 5.0 percent. A year ago, unemployment was pegged at 5.4 percent with a labor force of 14,003. The September labor force was estimated at 13,438. Statewide, unemployment decreased two-tenths of a percentage point to 4.0 percent. Unemployment in Mesa and Montrose counties is estimated at 4.8 and 4.1 percent, respectively. The national unemployment rate is unchanged at 5.1 percent.