Department of Numbers

Colorado Job Growth

There were 2,680,700 jobs in Colorado in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 2,936,729 employed persons for the month. Colorado lost 6,900 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS employment measure rose by 475 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). Also available is Colorado job growth compared to other states.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 2,680,700 -6,900 -128,200
CPS 2,936,729 +475 -158,600

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 2,813,800. Since then 133,100 jobs have been lost in Colorado according to the employer survey. From a trough of 2,471,100 in April 2020, Colorado has gained 209,600 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment in Colorado reached a maximum of 3,106,077 in February 2020. 169,348 jobs have been lost in Colorado since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 2,681,128, Colorado has added 255,601 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 2,680,700 -6,900 2,936,729 475
October 2020 2,687,600 20,600 2,936,254 14,934
September 2020 2,667,000 15,200 2,921,320 39,319
August 2020 2,651,800 39,100 2,882,001 27,101
July 2020 2,612,700 13,600 2,854,900 14,644
June 2020 2,599,100 57,000 2,840,256 84,799
May 2020 2,542,100 71,000 2,755,457 74,329
April 2020 2,471,100 -325,800 2,681,128 -291,378
March 2020 2,796,900 -16,500 2,972,506 -133,571
February 2020 2,813,400 -400 3,106,077 4,663
January 2020 2,813,800 300 3,101,414 7,249
December 2019 2,813,500 4,600 3,094,165 -1,164