Colorado Adds 6,500 Jobs in June

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Published Saturday, July 22, 2017

Employers in Colorado added 6,500 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,647,000 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 6,100 and government increased 400.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from May to June at 2.3 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 10,300 over the month to 2,969,100 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 10,500 to 2,901,900, causing the number of unemployed to decrease 200. Due to rounding, the unemployment rate was unchanged from May at 2.3 percent. The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 4.4 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from 33.7 to 34.2 hours and average hourly earnings decreased from $26.80 to $26.75.

The largest private sector job gains over the month were in professional and business services, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. The largest declines over the month were in construction and information.

Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 54,900 for the year, with an increase of 51,600 in the private sector and an increase of 3,300 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in trade, transportation, and utilities, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality. Mining and logging declined over the year.

The unemployment rate is down one and one-tenth of a percentage point for the year, from 3.4 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 83,100, total employment increased 113,300 and the number of unemployed decreased 30,300. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.9 percent in June 2016 to 4.4 percent in June 2017.

Unemployment Rate by County - June 2017

Counties

Labor Force

Employment

Unemployment

%

Adams

263,012

255,700

7,312

2.8

Alamosa

7,929

7,682

247

3.1

Arapahoe

355,553

346,563

8,990

2.5

Archuleta

6,787

6,614

173

2.5

Baca

2,172

2,133

39

1.8

Bent

1,887

1,841

46

2.4

Boulder

186,802

182,481

4,321

2.3

Broomfield

37,927

37,012

915

2.4

Chaffee

9,524

9,335

189

2.0

Cheyenne

1,160

1,142

18

1.6

Clear Creek

5,906

5,756

150

2.5

Conejos

3,814

3,674

140

3.7

Costilla

1,833

1,780

53

2.9

Crowley

1,382

1,346

36

2.6

Custer

2,060

2,006

54

2.6

Delta

14,380

13,898

482

3.4

Denver

399,372

389,471

9,901

2.5

Dolores

1,129

1,104

25

2.2

Douglas

183,773

179,664

4,109

2.2

Eagle

32,863

32,133

730

2.2

El Paso

327,213

317,217

9,996

3.1

Elbert

14,330

14,018

312

2.2

Fremont

15,041

14,464

577

3.8

Garfield

30,755

29,965

790

2.6

Gilpin

3,613

3,545

68

1.9

Grand

9,344

9,158

186

2.0

Gunnison

10,143

9,950

193

1.9

Hinsdale

548

539

9

1.6

Huerfano

2,669

2,534

135

5.1

Jackson

1,008

992

16

1.6

Jefferson

328,836

320,884

7,952

2.4

Kiowa

903

886

17

1.9

Kit Carson

4,513

4,438

75

1.7

La Plata

32,259

31,557

702

2.2

Lake

4,495

4,401

94

2.1

Larimer

201,222

196,906

4,316

2.1

Las Animas

5,957

5,734

223

3.7

Lincoln

2,351

2,304

47

2.0

Logan

10,846

10,576

270

2.5

Mesa

71,749

69,166

2,583

3.6

Mineral

480

471

9

1.9

Moffat

7,178

6,979

199

2.8

Montezuma

13,144

12,714

430

3.3

Montrose

20,538

19,934

604

2.9

Morgan

15,107

14,759

348

2.3

Otero

8,203

7,865

338

4.1

Ouray

2,341

2,280

61

2.6

Park

9,989

9,770

219

2.2

Phillips

2,633

2,591

42

1.6

Pitkin

10,849

10,562

287

2.6

Prowers

5,989

5,828

161

2.7

Pueblo

74,216

71,275

2,941

4.0

Rio Blanco

2,663

2,569

94

3.5

Rio Grande

5,519

5,309

210

3.8

Routt

15,262

14,892

370

2.4

Saguache

3,221

3,088

133

4.1

San Juan

588

577

11

1.9

San Miguel

5,204

5,097

107

2.1

Sedgwick

1,193

1,167

26

2.2

Summit

19,974

19,581

393

2.0

Teller

12,118

11,748

370

3.1

Washington

2,987

2,932

55

1.8

Weld

154,636

150,771

3,865

2.5

Yuma

5,699

5,606

93

1.6