Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.5 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 5.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Colorado 3.5% -0.1 -0.7

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 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Colorado peaked in October 2010 at 240,577. There are now 141,229 fewer people unemployed in the state. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 99,348 -2,589 -20,296

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Colorado from 1990 to December 2015

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 3.5% 99,348
November 2015 5.0% 3.6% 101,937
October 2015 5.0% 3.8% 105,749
September 2015 5.1% 4.0% 111,366
August 2015 5.1% 4.2% 118,211
July 2015 5.3% 4.3% 121,925
June 2015 5.3% 4.4% 124,230
May 2015 5.5% 4.3% 122,839
April 2015 5.4% 4.2% 119,819
March 2015 5.5% 4.2% 118,201
February 2015 5.5% 4.2% 118,765