Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.2%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Colorado peaked in April 2020 at 12.1% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Colorado 6.2% -0.2 -5.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Colorado peaked in April 2020 at 361,769. There are now 163,698 fewer people unemployed in the state. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 198,071 -5,911 -162,904

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Colorado from 1990 to May 2021

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 6.2% 198,071
April 2021 6.1% 6.4% 203,982
March 2021 6.0% 6.4% 205,220
February 2021 6.2% 6.4% 204,661
January 2021 6.3% 6.6% 211,191
December 2020 6.7% 6.9% 219,269
November 2020 6.7% 6.9% 218,580
October 2020 6.9% 6.9% 217,880
September 2020 7.8% 7.0% 218,916
August 2020 8.4% 7.1% 221,791
July 2020 10.2% 7.4% 226,291