Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 2.1 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 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Colorado 2.9% -0.1 -1.1

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Colorado peaked in October 2010 at 240,577. There are now 156,916 fewer people unemployed in the state. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 83,661 -1,306 -30,151

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Colorado from 1990 to March 2016

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 2.9% 83,661
February 2016 4.9% 3.0% 84,967
January 2016 4.9% 3.2% 90,544
December 2015 5.0% 3.5% 98,458
November 2015 5.0% 3.5% 99,497
October 2015 5.0% 3.6% 101,030
September 2015 5.1% 3.6% 102,815
August 2015 5.1% 3.7% 104,849
July 2015 5.3% 3.8% 107,033
June 2015 5.3% 3.9% 109,107
May 2015 5.5% 3.9% 110,907
April 2015 5.4% 4.0% 112,435