Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado fell 0.3 percentage points in March 2017 to 2.6%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 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 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.5% -0.2 -0.5
Colorado 2.6% -0.3 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 164,888 fewer people unemployed in the state. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 75,689 -9,005 -20,299

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
March 2017 4.5% 2.6% 75,689
February 2017 4.7% 2.9% 84,694
January 2017 4.8% 2.9% 84,682
December 2016 4.7% 3.0% 86,281
November 2016 4.6% 3.0% 88,592
October 2016 4.8% 3.1% 91,049
September 2016 4.9% 3.2% 93,477
August 2016 4.9% 3.3% 95,565
July 2016 4.9% 3.4% 96,995
June 2016 4.9% 3.4% 97,450
May 2016 4.7% 3.4% 97,037
April 2016 5.0% 3.3% 96,377