Colorado Unemployment Unchanged in August

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Published Friday, September 15, 2017

Employers in Colorado added 4,400 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August for a total of 2,655,300 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,700 and government increased 1,700.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from July to August at 2.4 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 9,800 over the month to 2,992,400 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 8,000 to 2,919,800, causing the number of unemployed to increase 1,800. The unemployment rate was unchanged from July at 2.4 percent due to rounding. The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 4.4 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from 33.8 to 33.9 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $26.60 to $27.41.

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

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 45,800, with an increase of 43,500 in the private sector and an increase of 2,300 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in trade, transportation, and utilities, professional and business services, and education and health services.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is down nine-tenths of a percentage point from 3.3 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 95,200, total employment increased 118,200 and the number of unemployed decreased 22,900. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.9 percent in August 2016 to 4.4 percent in August 2017.

 

August 2017

          

Labor Force

 Employment

 Unemployment

Rate

Colorado

3,009,751

2,943,135

66,616

2.2

Counties

 

 

 

 

Adams

263,903

257,642

6,261

2.4

Alamosa

7,898

7,681

217

2.7

Arapahoe

356,958

349,043

7,915

2.2

Archuleta

6,757

6,613

144

2.1

Baca

2,104

2,078

26

1.2

Bent

1,935

1,895

40

2.1

Boulder

187,706

184,079

3,627

1.9

Broomfield

38,078

37,294

784

2.1

Chaffee

9,835

9,677

158

1.6

Cheyenne

1,115

1,100

15

1.3

Clear Creek

5,923

5,796

127

2.1

Conejos

3,803

3,683

120

3.2

Costilla

1,815

1,767

48

2.6

Crowley

1,418

1,378

40

2.8

Custer

1,999

1,953

46

2.3

Delta

14,307

13,914

393

2.7

Denver

400,966

392,276

8,690

2.2

Dolores

1,140

1,115

25

2.2

Douglas

184,448

180,977

3,471

1.9

Eagle

34,330

33,776

554

1.6

El Paso

326,492

318,062

8,430

2.6

Elbert

14,399

14,130

269

1.9

Fremont

15,041

14,542

499

3.3

Garfield

31,653

31,001

652

2.1

Gilpin

3,626

3,569

57

1.6

Grand

9,606

9,453

153

1.6

Gunnison

10,874

10,736

138

1.3

Hinsdale

575

568

7

1.2

Huerfano

2,541

2,434

107

4.2

Jackson

991

980

11

1.1

Jefferson

329,989

323,152

6,837

2.1

Kiowa

975

961

14

1.4

Kit Carson

4,411

4,348

63

1.4

La Plata

31,596

31,000

596

1.9

Lake

4,501

4,428

73

1.6

Larimer

200,647

196,939

3,708

1.8

Las Animas

5,970

5,770

200

3.4

Lincoln

2,351

2,309

42

1.8

Logan

10,971

10,760

211

1.9

Mesa

72,263

70,064

2,199

3.0

Mineral

500

494

6

1.2

Moffat

7,210

7,044

166

2.3

Montezuma

13,427

13,085

342

2.5

Montrose

20,925

20,431

494

2.4

Morgan

15,345

15,043

302

2.0

Otero

8,325

8,038

287

3.4

Ouray

2,385

2,338

47

2.0

Park

10,012

9,828

184

1.8

Phillips

2,642

2,612

30

1.1

Pitkin

11,104

10,908

196

1.8

Prowers

6,194

6,062

132

2.1

Pueblo

73,760

71,113

2,647

3.6

Rio Blanco

2,826

2,744

82

2.9

Rio Grande

5,504

5,298

206

3.7

Routt

15,338

15,061

277

1.8

Saguache

3,325

3,159

166

5.0

San Juan

685

678

7

1.0

San Miguel

5,379

5,301

78

1.5

Sedgwick

1,152

1,132

20

1.7

Summit

20,544

20,245

299

1.5

Teller

12,074

11,766

308

2.6

Washington

2,915

2,868

47

1.6

Weld

156,515

153,256

3,259

2.1

Yuma

5,754

5,686

68

1.2