Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado fell 0.4 percentage points in October 2014 to 4.3%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Colorado peaked in October 2010 at 9.1% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Colorado 4.3% -0.4 -2.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Colorado peaked in October 2010 at 246,683. There are now 125,711 fewer people unemployed in the state. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 120,972 -10,391 -57,663

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Colorado from 1990 to October 2014

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
November 2014 5.8%
October 2014 5.8% 4.3% 120,972
September 2014 5.9% 4.7% 131,363
August 2014 6.1% 5.1% 143,031
July 2014 6.2% 5.3% 148,901
June 2014 6.1% 5.5% 153,278
May 2014 6.3% 5.8% 162,539
April 2014 6.3% 6.0% 166,869
March 2014 6.7% 6.2% 172,443
February 2014 6.7% 6.1% 170,069
January 2014 6.6% 6.1% 168,553
December 2013 6.7% 6.2% 170,562
November 2013 7.0% 6.3% 174,471