Colorado Employment Situation: February 2017


Employers in Colorado added 2,000 nonfarm payroll jobs from January to February for a total of 2,631,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,900 and government decreased 2,900.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from January to February at 2.9 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 10,400 over the month to 2,922,500 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 10,300 to 2,837,800. Due to rounding, both the number of unemployed and unemployment rate were unchanged from January. The national unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in February to 4.7 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 33.2 to 32.7 hours and average hourly earnings decreased from $27.47 to $27.20.

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 financial activities and education and health services.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 50,300, with an increase of 45,200 in the private sector and an increase of 5,100 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in professional and business services, education and health services, and trade, transportation, and utilities. Mining and logging and manufacturing declined over the year.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is down four-tenths of a percentage point from 3.3 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 52,600, total employment increased 64,000 and the number of unemployed decreased 11,400. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.9 percent in February 2016 to 4.7 percent in February 2017.

Here are the unemployment percentages for counties in southeast Colorado:


  Feb 2017 Unemployed January 2017 Feb 2016 Unemployed
Baca 2.0 42 107 2.1



3.3 61 3.0 3.8 69
Cheyenne 2.0 21 2.2 2.2



3.8 51 3.8 4.4 61
Kiowa 2.3 19 2.2 2.3


Kit Carson

2.5 107 2.2 2.7 117
Las Animas 4.8 290 4.9 5.8



4.9 388 4.9 5.8 463
Prowers 3.4 201 3.2 4.2


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