Colorado Unemployment Increases Slightly in September

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Published Friday, October 20, 2017

Employers in Colorado added 4,000 nonfarm payroll jobs from August to September for a total of 2,656,200 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 8,100 and government decreased 4,100.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from August to September to 2.5 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 18,700 over the month to 3,010,600 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 14,800 to 2,934,100, causing the number of unemployed to increase 4,000. The national unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in September to 4.2 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 33.7 to 33.5 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $26.76 to $27.68.

The largest over the month private sector job gains were in professional and business services, and education and health services. The largest over the month declines were in trade, transportation, and utilities, other services, and financial activities.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 41,300, with an increase of 41,600 in the private sector and a decrease of 300 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in professional and business services, education and health services, and trade, transportation, and utilities.  Construction and manufacturing declined over the year.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is down seven-tenths of a percentage point from 3.2 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 108,800, total employment increased 125,700 and the number of unemployed decreased 16,900. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.9 percent in September 2016 to 4.2 percent in September 2017.

          

Labor Force

 Employment

 Unemployment

Rate

Adams

264,142

257,725

6,417

2.4

Alamosa

8,115

7,909

206

2.5

Arapahoe

357,517

349,205

8,312

2.3

Archuleta

6,895

6,741

154

2.2

Baca

2,155

2,127

28

1.3

Bent

1,968

1,920

48

2.4

Boulder

191,946

188,226

3,720

1.9

Broomfield

38,160

37,317

843

2.2

Chaffee

9,519

9,345

174

1.8

Cheyenne

1,112

1,095

17

1.5

Clear Creek

5,917

5,798

119

2.0

Conejos

3,884

3,768

116

3.0

Costilla

1,849

1,800

49

2.7

Crowley

1,450

1,409

41

2.8

Custer

2,036

1,988

48

2.4

Delta

14,609

14,209

400

2.7

Denver

401,460

392,459

9,001

2.2

Dolores

1,137

1,110

27

2.4

Douglas

184,698

181,064

3,634

2.0

Eagle

34,031

33,435

596

1.8

El Paso

328,666

319,878

8,788

2.7

Elbert

14,388

14,105

283

2.0

Fremont

15,227

14,713

514

3.4

Garfield

31,519

30,854

665

2.1

Gilpin

3,630

3,569

61

1.7

Grand

9,274

9,110

164

1.8

Gunnison

10,850

10,704

146

1.3

Hinsdale

532

522

10

1.9

Huerfano

2,533

2,428

105

4.1

Jackson

979

967

12

1.2

Jefferson

330,354

323,263

7,091

2.1

Kiowa

961

946

15

1.6

Kit Carson

4,396

4,333

63

1.4

La Plata

32,060

31,457

603

1.9

Lake

4,542

4,467

75

1.7

Larimer

201,110

197,288

3,822

1.9

Las Animas

6,201

5,993

208

3.4

Lincoln

2,377

2,335

42

1.8

Logan

11,178

10,980

198

1.8

Mesa

73,286

71,086

2,200

3.0

Mineral

460

453

7

1.5

Moffat

7,302

7,142

160

2.2

Montezuma

13,575

13,211

364

2.7

Montrose

21,278

20,793

485

2.3

Morgan

15,718

15,402

316

2.0

Otero

8,454

8,180

274

3.2

Ouray

2,334

2,284

50

2.1

Park

10,022

9,820

202

2.0

Phillips

2,642

2,611

31

1.2

Pitkin

11,097

10,857

240

2.2

Prowers

6,304

6,171

133

2.1

Pueblo

75,286

72,646

2,640

3.5

Rio Blanco

2,851

2,769

82

2.9

Rio Grande

5,489

5,311

178

3.2

Routt

14,976

14,697

279

1.9

Saguache

3,337

3,199

138

4.1

San Juan

670

662

8

1.2

San Miguel

5,441

5,357

84

1.5

Sedgwick

1,151

1,130

21

1.8

Summit

20,508

20,177

331

1.6

Teller

12,137

11,828

309

2.5

Washington

2,942

2,892

50

1.7

Weld

158,337

155,035

3,302

2.1

Yuma

5,759

5,684

75

1.3