Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Colorado 3.2% +0.1 +0.2

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Colorado peaked in October 2010 at 243,221. There are now 145,045 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 77,052 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 21,124. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 98,176 +3,657 +5,885

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Colorado from 1990 to October 2018

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 3.2% 98,176
September 2018 3.7% 3.1% 94,519
August 2018 3.9% 2.9% 90,508
July 2018 3.9% 2.8% 85,492
June 2018 4.0% 2.7% 84,057
May 2018 3.8% 2.8% 85,101
April 2018 3.9% 2.9% 88,042
March 2018 4.1% 3.0% 90,578
February 2018 4.1% 3.0% 92,492
January 2018 4.1% 3.0% 92,368
December 2017 4.1% 3.0% 91,834
November 2017 4.1% 3.0% 92,220