Colorado Employment Situation -|- August 2015



Employers in Colorado added 2,400 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August for a total of 2,522,500 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 1,600 and government increased 800.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased one-tenth of a percentage point in August to 4.2 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force decreased 5,900 over the month to 2,807,000 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed decreased 2,300 to 2,688,700. The larger decrease in the labor force than in total employment caused the number of unemployed to decrease 3,700 and the unemployment rate to decrease to 4.2 percent. The national unemployment rate declined from July to August to 5.1 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from 34.5 to 34.8 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $26.01 to $26.99.

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

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 47,000 with an increase of 36,900 in the private sector and an increase of 10,100 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and construction. Professional and business services, information and other services declined over the year.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is down four-tenths of a percentage point from 4.6 percent in August 2014. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force decreased 12,600, total employment increased 100 and the number of unemployed decreased 12,600. The national unemployment rate declined from 6.1 to 5.1 percent from August 2014 to August 2015.

Here are the unemployment percentages for counties in southeast Colorado:

August 2015 Unemployed July 2015 August 2014 Unemployed
Baca          2.1          42      2.0        2.4        50
Bent          3.7          65      4.2        4.8        86
Crowley          4.5          57      4.4        5.3        69
Kiowa          2.8          23      2.9        2.9        24
Kit Carson          2.5        105      2.4        2.9      128
Las Animas          5.8        351      6.5        6.7      433
Otero          5.4        426      6.1        7.2      587
Prowers          4.3        258      4.6        4.4      264

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