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Denver Gazette: Fact check – There really are two jobs for every unemployed person in Colorado

There are, indeed, two jobs available for every unemployed individual in Colorado, as Gov. Jared Polis said in his State of the State address last week — but it’s unclear what level of quality and or what industry these jobs are most likely in.

Polis said there are “two available jobs for every unemployed person” in Colorado. With a low state unemployment rate of 3.3%, according to the most recent report from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, there are still technically two available jobs for every one unemployed person based on November’s data.

Ryan Gedney, principal economist for the state labor department, said they are looking at the data based on the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS program, from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and comparing it to the number of unemployed individuals in a given month. In November, there were 231,000 job openings and 113,622 unemployed individuals, equal to 2.03 openings per unemployed person, according to Gedney.

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