Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado rose 0.2 percentage points in December 2017 to 3.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Colorado peaked in September 2010 at 8.9% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.8 percentage points. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Colorado 3.1% +0.2 +0.1

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Colorado peaked in October 2010 at 240,577. There are now 147,491 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 67,138 in June 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 25,948. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 93,086 +6,149 +6,805

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Colorado from 1990 to December 2017

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 3.1% 93,086
November 2017 4.1% 2.9% 86,937
October 2017 4.1% 2.7% 81,374
September 2017 4.2% 2.5% 76,526
August 2017 4.4% 2.4% 72,589
July 2017 4.3% 2.4% 70,776
June 2017 4.3% 2.3% 67,138
May 2017 4.3% 2.3% 67,353
April 2017 4.4% 2.3% 68,317
March 2017 4.5% 2.6% 75,666
February 2017 4.7% 2.9% 84,694