Colorado Employment Situation for September 2016


Total nonfarm payroll jobs declined 300 from August to September to 2,621,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 2,600 and government decreased 2,900.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of percentage point in September to 3.6 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 6,700 over the month to 2,898,000 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 11,300 to 2,793,500. The increase in total employment combined with the increase in the labor force caused the number of unemployed to decline 4,600 and the unemployment rate to decrease to 3.6 percent. The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point over the same period to 5.0 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 33.9 to 33.6 hours and average hourly earnings decreased from $26.81 to $26.80.

The largest over the month private sector job gains were in construction and professional and business services. The largest over the month declines were in manufacturing and financial activities.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 69,200 with an increase of 59,500 in the private sector and an increase of 9,700 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in construction, leisure and hospitality, and education and health services. Mining and logging declined over the year.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is unchanged at 3.6 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 74,900, total employment increased 73,200 and the number of unemployed increased by 1,700. The national unemployment rate declined from 5.1 percent in September 2015 to 5.0 percent in September 2016.

The following are the unemployment figures for southeast Colorado Counties:


Sept 2016

Unemployed August 2016 Sept 2015



1.8 36 1.8 1.5


Bent 2.7 48 3.1 3.0



2.2 22 2.7 2.4 24
Crowley 2.9 39 3.6 3.6



2.2 17 2.1 1.9 15
Kit Carson 2.1 92 1.8 1.9


Las Animas

4.6 275 5,0 4.7 287
Otero 4.0 329 4.6 4.5



2.9 163 3.5 3.7


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