Colorado Unemployment Steady in May

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Published Friday, June 16, 2017

Employers in Colorado added 10,600 nonfarm payroll jobs from April to May for a total of 2,645,600 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 11,500 and government decreased 900.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from April to May at 2.3 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 14,200 over the month to 2,959,700 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 15,100 to 2,892,300, causing the number of unemployed to decrease 900. Due to rounding, the unemployment rate was unchanged from April at 2.3 percent. The national unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in May to 4.3 percent.
Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 33.9 to 33.0 hours and average hourly earnings decreased from $27.31 to $27.24.
The largest over the month private sector job gains were in trade, transportation, and utilities, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality. The largest over the month declines were in professional and business services, and manufacturing.
Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 62,000, with an increase of 54,300 in the private sector and an increase of 7,700 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in trade, transportation, and utilities, leisure and hospitality, and education and health services. Manufacturing, and mining and logging declined over the year.
Over the year, the unemployment rate is down one and one-tenth of a percentage point from 3.4 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 78,500, total employment increased 108,200 and the number of unemployed decreased 29,700. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.7 percent in May 2016 to 4.3 percent in May 2017.

Unemployment Rate by County - May 2017

Counties Labor Force Employment Unemployement %
Adams 259,830 253,170 6,660 2.6
Alamosa  8,214 7,984 230 2.8
Arapahoe  351,116 342,897 8,219 2.3
Archuleta  6,660 6,498 162 2.4
Baca  2,203 2,167 36 1.6
Bent  1,924 1,885 39 2.0
Boulder 187,038 183,119 3,919 2.1
Broomfield 37,472 36,638 834 2.2
Chaffee 9,058 8,874 184 2.0
Cheyenne  1,176 1,157 19 1.6
Clear Creek  5,820 5,695 125 2.1
Conejos 3,954 3,814 140 3.5
Costilla  1,825 1,775 50 2.7
Crowley  1,407 1,373 34 2.4
Custer  2,048 1,996 52 2.5
Delta  14,437 13,981 456 3.2
Denver  394,501 385,373 9,128 2.3
Dolores  1,110 1,082 28 2.5
Douglas  181,506 177,799 3,707 2.0
Eagle 30,605 29,692 913 3.0
El Paso  323,687 314,843 8,844 2.7
Elbert  14,200 13,903 297 2.1
Fremont 14,948 14,433 515 3.4
Garfield 28,924 28,107 817 2.8
Gilpin  3,563 3,505 58 1.6
Grand  8,252 8,061 191 2.3
Gunnison  9,482 9,269 213 2.2
Hinsdale  450 441 9 2.0
Huerfano  2,595 2,477 118 4.5
Jackson  936 919 17 1.8
Jefferson 324,739 317,472 7,267 2.2
Kiowa  955 938 17 1.8
Kit Carson  4,525 4,458 67 1.5
La Plata 32,122 31,463 659 2.1
Lake  4,299 4,188 111 2.6
Larimer 196,917 192,893 4,024 2.0
Las Animas  6,194 5,994 200 3.2
Lincoln  2,360 2,318 42 1.8
Logan 10,996 10,766 230 2.1
Mesa 71,942 69,592 2,350 3.3
Mineral  391 384 7 1.8
Moffat 7,065 6,865 200 2.8
Montezuma  13,027 12,637 390 3.0
Montrose 20,568 19,994 574 2.8
Morgan 15,311 14,993 318 2.1
Otero  8,306 8,015 291 3.5
Ouray  2,161 2,097 64 3.0
Park  9,860 9,659 201 2.0
Phillips  2,654 2,616 38 1.4
Pitkin 10,458 9,897 561 5.4
Prowers  6,136 5,997 139 2.3
Pueblo 74,456 71,777 2,679 3.6
Rio Blanco  2,682 2,593 89 3.3
Rio Grande 5,504 5,322 182 3.3
Routt 14,194 13,800 394 2.8
Saguache 3,277 3,169 108 3.3
San Juan  477 465 12 2.5
San Miguel  4,229 3,984 245 5.8
Sedgwick  1,208 1,185 23 1.9
Summit 18,462 17,985 477 2.6
Teller  11,969 11,641 328 2.7
Washington  3,023 2,972 51 1.7
Weld 154,669 151,178 3,491 2.3
Yuma  5,772 5,683 89 1.5