Department of Numbers

Colorado Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Colorado fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.5%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in October 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Colorado unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Colorado 2.5% 0.0 -0.7

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

Unemployment Rate: Colorado, National

Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Colorado peaked in October 2010 at 243,221. There are now 163,799 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 79,307 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 115. Colorado job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Colorado 79,422 -917 -19,251

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Colorado from 1990 to January 2020

Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 2.5% 79,422
December 2019 3.5% 2.5% 80,339
November 2019 3.5% 2.5% 80,143
October 2019 3.6% 2.5% 80,241
September 2019 3.5% 2.6% 81,321
August 2019 3.7% 2.6% 82,834
July 2019 3.7% 2.7% 84,570
June 2019 3.7% 2.7% 86,363
May 2019 3.6% 2.8% 88,350
April 2019 3.6% 2.9% 90,798
March 2019 3.8% 3.0% 93,561