The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that two Colorado counties were among the three largest U.S. counties with the fastest job growth rate in 2014.
On top of that, Colorado ranked No. 3 overall for the rate of job growth among states.
Weld County topped the list for a second straight year and tied with Midland County, Texas, for having the highest increase in employment in the nation (8 percent) between December 2013 and 2014.
Adams County came in 3rd in the nation with a 6.4 percent growth rate.
That compares to a national job growth rate of 2.2 percent last year.
Denver County came in 13th on the national list with a 5 percent job growth rate in 2014.
In a separate BLS ranking, Douglas County was fifth in the nation for its rate of increase in average wages, with a gain of 8.8 percent between the fourth quarters of 2013 and 2014. The U.S. average gain was 3.5 percent.
In a ranking of the states, Colorado employment rose by 3.9 percent across 2014. Only North Dakota (4.5 percent) and Nevada (4.2 percent) had greater growth rates last year.
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