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Grand Junction led U.S. in percentage loss of jobs in 2009

Stephanie Buckley, of Boston, second from right, has her resume reviewed by Shelly Piper, of Cape Ann, Mass., right, at the BostonHires job fair in a hotel in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010. Unemployment rose in most cities and counties in December, signaling that companies remain reluctant to hire even as the economy recovers.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
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Grand Junction led the nation with the largest percentage drop in jobs of any metropolitan area last year, the Labor Department reported Tuesday.

The number of non-farm workers in Grand Junction and surrounding Mesa County fell from 67,100 in December 2008 to 61,900 in December 2009, a 7.7 percent decline that surpassed the rate of job losses recorded in Las Vegas and Flint, Mich.

Grand Junction, hard hit by weak natural gas prices, saw its unemployment rate rise from 4.7 percent to 9 percent over the same period.



Unemployment rose in most cities and counties in December, signaling that companies remain reluctant to hire even as the economy recovers.

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