The Colorado unemployment rate jumped up a bit from 7.8 percent to 7.9 percent for the month of April. This is the first increase in the Colorado unemployment rate in three months.

The department says Colorado gained about 1,200 nonfarm payroll jobs from March to April, and the largest private sector job gains were in trade, transportation and utilities, education, health services and construction.

The national unemployment rate for April was 8.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent in March.