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Colorado Employment Situation in January, 2018


Employers in Colorado added 7,100 nonfarm payroll jobs from December to January for a total of 2,693,900 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 7,300 and government decreased 200.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate was unchanged from December to January at 3.0 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 4,500 to 3,034,300 and total employment increased 4,000 to 2,942,000, causing the number of unemployed to increase 500. Due to rounding, the unemployment rate was unchanged from December at 3.0 percent. The national unemployment rate was unchanged over the same period at 4.1 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from 33.1 to 33.2 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $27.42 to $28.24.

The largest over the month private sector job gains were in trade, transportation, and utilities, education and health services, and construction.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 67,400 with an increase of 57,300 in the private sector and an increase of 10,100 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality, construction, and professional and business services.

The annual growth rate of Colorado nonfarm payroll jobs was 2.2 percent in 2017, revised up from the previously published 1.9 percent. The U.S. annual payroll jobs growth rate in 2017 was 1.6 percent.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is up two-tenths of a percentage point from 2.8 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 97,400, total employment increased 86,000 and the number of unemployed increased 11,300. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.8 percent in January 2017 to 4.1 percent in January 2018.

The annual unemployment rate for Colorado was 2.8 percent in 2017, revised up from the previously published 2.6 percent. This matches the lowest annual rate of unemployment for the state established in 2000. The U.S. unemployment rate in 2017 was 4.4 percent.

A Colorado record low monthly unemployment of 2.6 percent occurred from March to May 2017. The prior record low rate of 2.7 percent was in 2000.

The following are the unemployment percentages for counties in southeast Colorado:


Jan 2018

Unemployed Dec 2017 Jan 2017



1.7 37 1.5 1.7 36
Bent 3.8 73 3.3 2.8


C. Wells

1.9 22 1.8 2.2 24
Crowley 3.5 51 3.4 3.5



1.9 18 1.7 1.9 17
Kit Carson 2.1 96 1.8 2.2


Las Animas

4.9 309 4.5 4.7 292
Otero 5.3 451 4.2 4.6


Prowers 2.8 177 2.4 3.1


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