Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2016 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in March 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
Colorado 3.8% +0.1 0.0

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 130,106 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 83,627 in March 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 26,844. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 110,471 +4,413 +3,438

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
July 2016 4.9% 3.8% 110,471
June 2016 4.9% 3.7% 106,058
May 2016 4.7% 3.3% 97,044
April 2016 5.0% 3.1% 88,808
March 2016 5.0% 2.9% 83,627
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