Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Colorado 2.9% -0.1 -0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with July data as August state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Colorado peaked in October 2010 at 243,221. There are now 152,672 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 76,631 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,918. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 90,549 -3,640 -11,962

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Colorado from 1990 to July 2019

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
August 2019 3.7%
July 2019 3.7% 2.9% 90,549
June 2019 3.7% 3.0% 94,189
May 2019 3.6% 3.2% 99,021
April 2019 3.6% 3.3% 105,097
March 2019 3.8% 3.5% 110,611
February 2019 3.8% 3.7% 115,229
January 2019 4.0% 3.7% 116,777
December 2018 3.9% 3.6% 113,534
November 2018 3.7% 3.6% 113,947
October 2018 3.8% 3.6% 113,544
September 2018 3.7% 3.5% 110,751