Department of Numbers

Colorado Job Growth

There were 2,708,400 jobs in Colorado in May 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 3,000,032 employed persons for the month. Colorado added 17,100 jobs in May 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 7,199 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Colorado job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,708,400 +17,100 +188,600
CPS 3,000,032 +7,199 +255,159

Colorado Employment Changes

The charts below shows the monthly job growth for Colorado as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment in Colorado

CES employment peaked in January 2020 for Colorado at 2,819,500. Since then 111,100 jobs have been lost in Colorado according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,443,200 in April 2020, Colorado has gained 265,200 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Colorado reached a maximum of 3,072,012 in December 2019. 71,980 jobs have been lost in Colorado since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,621,363, Colorado has added 378,669 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through May 2021

Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
May 2021 2,708,400 17,100 3,000,032 7,199
April 2021 2,691,300 17,400 2,992,833 9,667
March 2021 2,673,900 7,700 2,983,166 5,075
February 2021 2,666,200 9,100 2,978,091 5,887
January 2021 2,657,100 30,400 2,972,204 14,913
December 2020 2,626,700 -21,200 2,957,291 9,360
November 2020 2,647,900 -3,800 2,947,931 12,320
October 2020 2,651,700 12,700 2,935,611 21,185
September 2020 2,639,000 19,800 2,914,426 30,374
August 2020 2,619,200 26,100 2,884,052 39,742
July 2020 2,593,100 27,600 2,844,310 47,401
June 2020 2,565,500 45,700 2,796,909 52,036