Colorado unemployment rises in November

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Published Friday, December 21, 2018

Employers in Colorado added 1,800 nonfarm payroll jobs from October to November for a total of 2,749,800 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments conducted by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. Private sector payroll jobs increased 700 and government increased 1,100. October estimates were revised up to 2,748,000, and the over the month change from September to October was an increase of 5,700 rather than the originally estimated increase of 4,800.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point from October to November to 3.3 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 7,400 over the month to 3,108,600 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 3,200 to 3,006,200. The larger increase in the labor force than in total employment caused the number of unemployed to increase 4,200 and the unemployment rate to increase to 3.3 percent. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged over the same period at 3.7 percent. 

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 33.4 to 33.2 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $27.94 to $29.46.

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

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 69,100, with an increase of 62,200 in the private sector and an increase of 6,900 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in professional and business services, trade, transportation, and utilities, and leisure and hospitality. No sectors declined over the year.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is up three-tenths of a percentage point from 3.0 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 77,300, total employment increased 67,100 and the number of unemployed increased 10,200. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.1 percent in November 2017 to 3.7 percent in November 2018.

LABOR FORCE SUMMARY

COLORADO

Preliminary Estimates for November 2018

   

       

     

LABOR FORCE DATA

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED:                                   

 

 

Change from last:

 

Nov-18

Oct-18

Nov-17

Month

Year

Total Civilian Labor Force

3,108.6

3,101.1

3,031.3

7.4

77.3

Unemployment     

102.4

98.2

92.2

4.2

10.2

     Unemployment Rate (%)

3.3

3.2

3.0

0.1

0.3

 Employment

3,006.2

3,003.0

2,939.1

3.2

67.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNADJUSTED FOR SEASONALITY:

 

 

 

Change from last:

 

Nov-18

Oct-18

Nov-17

Month

Year

Total Civilian Labor Force

3,123.3

3,118.6

3,032.8

4.7

90.6

Unemployment 

105.6

96.3

87.0

9.3

18.6

     Unemployment Rate (%)

3.4

3.1

2.9

0.3

0.5

 Employment 

3,017.7

3,022.3

2,945.7

-4.5

72.0

           

WAGE AND SALARY EMPLOYMENT DATA

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED:

 

 

 

Change from last:

 

Nov-18

Oct-18

Nov-17

Month

Year

Mining & Logging

31.1

31.2

27.2

-0.1

3.9

Construction

169.5

170.6

167.2

-1.1

2.3

Manufacturing

147.6

147.5

144.0

0.1

3.6

Trade, Transportation, & Utilities

475.3

472.4

463.2

2.9

12.1

Information

75.6

75.2

72.7

0.4

2.9

Financial Activities

167.8

168.9

167.4

-1.1

0.4

Professional & Business Services

438.7

435.4

417.6

3.3

21.1

Educational & Health Services

338.6

341.9

333.7

-3.3

4.9

Leisure & Hospitality

349.6

350.8

339.3

-1.2

10.3

Other Services

109.4

108.6

108.7

0.8

0.7

Government

446.6

445.5

439.7

1.1

6.9

TOTAL NONAG

2,749.8

2,748.0

2,680.7

1.8

69.1

Labor Disputants

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNADJUSTED FOR SEASONALITY:

 

   

Change from last:

 

Nov-18

Oct-18

Nov-17

Month

Year

Mining & Logging

31.2

31.5

27.3

-0.3

3.9

Construction

170.9

175.0

169.4

-4.1

1.5

Manufacturing

148.5

147.9

145.1

0.6

3.4

Trade, Transportation, & Utilities

481.3

470.6

468.5

10.7

12.8

Information

75.8

75.5

72.8

0.3

3.0

Financial Activities

166.8

168.7

167.3

-1.9

-0.5

Professional & Business Services

440.7

440.9

419.4

-0.2

21.3

Educational & Health Services

342.0

344.5

337.5

-2.5

4.5

Leisure & Hospitality

336.4

338.7

327.0

-2.3

9.4

Other Services

108.8

109.1

107.9

-0.3

0.9

Government

456.9

453.1

449.8

3.8

7.1

TOTAL NONAG

2,759.3

2,755.5

2,692.0

3.8

67.3

Labor Disputants

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

 

Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force

 

November 2018

           

Labor Force

 Employment 

 Unemployment 

Rate

Colorado

3,123,331

3,017,727

105,604

3.4

Counties

 

 

 

 

Adams

271,555

261,988

9,567

3.5

Alamosa 

8,760

8,383

377

4.3

Arapahoe 

364,939

352,703

12,236

3.4

Archuleta 

6,968

6,726

242

3.5

Baca 

2,289

2,246

43

1.9

Bent 

2,112

2,043

69

3.3

Boulder

196,184

190,540

5,644

2.9

Broomfield

39,392

38,203

1,189

3.0

Chaffee

9,390

9,137

253

2.7

Cheyenne 

1,235

1,210

25

2.0

Clear Creek 

6,071

5,887

184

3.0

Conejos

4,171

4,007

164

3.9

Costilla 

2,002

1,914

88

4.4

Crowley 

1,579

1,507

72

4.6

Custer 

2,065

1,998

67

3.2

Delta 

15,413

14,836

577

3.7

Denver 

412,450

398,778

13,672

3.3

Dolores 

1,239

1,199

40

3.2

Douglas 

190,405

184,750

5,655

3.0

Eagle

35,068

33,787

1,281

3.7

El Paso 

349,175

335,418

13,757

3.9

Elbert 

14,991

14,565

426

2.8

Fremont

15,455

14,618

837

5.4

Garfield

31,394

30,367

1,027

3.3

Gilpin 

3,730

3,633

97

2.6

Grand 

9,376

9,109

267

2.8

Gunnison 

10,637

10,303

334

3.1

Hinsdale 

393

380

13

3.3

Huerfano 

2,601

2,440

161

6.2

Jackson 

1,077

1,048

29

2.7

Jefferson

337,601

327,110

10,491

3.1

Kiowa 

1,029

1,011

18

1.7

Kit Carson 

4,800

4,703

97

2.0

La Plata

32,266

31,281

985

3.1

Lake 

4,783

4,630

153

3.2

Larimer

205,976

200,066

5,910

2.9

Las Animas 

6,832

6,502

330

4.8

Lincoln 

2,542

2,466

76

3.0

Logan

11,423

11,086

337

3.0

Mesa

76,572

73,472

3,100

4.0

Mineral 

456

438

18

3.9

Moffat

7,709

7,451

258

3.3

Montezuma 

13,602

12,947

655

4.8

Montrose

22,590

21,803

787

3.5

Morgan

17,000

16,500

500

2.9

Otero 

8,996

8,588

408

4.5

Ouray 

2,390

2,287

103

4.3

Park 

10,542

10,232

310

2.9

Phillips 

2,798

2,742

56

2.0

Pitkin

11,266

10,486

780

6.9

Prowers 

6,627

6,391

236

3.6

Pueblo

76,662

72,808

3,854

5.0

Rio Blanco 

2,933

2,798

135

4.6

Rio Grande

5,823

5,554

269

4.6

Routt

16,678

16,185

493

3.0

Saguache

3,759

3,598

161

4.3

San Juan 

380

366

14

3.7

San Miguel 

4,902

4,510

392

8.0

Sedgwick 

1,336

1,304

32

2.4

Summit

22,332

21,785

547

2.4

Teller 

12,931

12,453

478

3.7

Washington 

3,249

3,179

70

2.2

Weld

166,220

161,193

5,027

3.0

Yuma 

6,208

6,080

128

2.1