Colorado Employment Situation | September 2015








Employers in Colorado added 2,000 nonfarm payroll jobs from August to September for a total of 2,523,700 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 4,000 and government decreased 2,000.


According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in September to 4.0 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force decreased 1,300 over the month to 2,805,200 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 5,500 to 2,693,800. The increase in total employment combined with the decrease in labor force caused the number of unemployed to decrease 6,800 and the unemployment rate to decline to 4.0 percent. The national unemployment rate remained unchanged from August to September at 5.1 percent.


Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 34.3 to 33.9 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $26.34 to $26.90.


The largest over the month private sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality, professional and business services, and manufacturing. The largest over the month decline was in construction.


Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 41,500 with an increase of 33,300 in the private sector and an increase of 8,200 in government. The largest private sector job gains were in education and health services, leisure and hospitality, and construction. Professional and business services and information declined over the year.


Over the year, the unemployment rate is down five-tenths of a percentage point from 4.5 percent in September 2014. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force decreased 15,900, total employment was unchanged and the number of unemployed decreased 15,800. The national unemployment rate declined from 5.9 to 5.1 percent from September 2014 to September 2015.


The unemployment rate for southeast Colorado Counties is as follows:


Sept 2015 Unemployed Sept 2015 Aug 2014 Unemployed
Baca       1.7       33       2.1       2.2       45
Bent       3.2       55       3.7       4.6       83
Cheyenne       2.4    26       2.8       2.2       23
Crowley       4.0       50       4.5       4.8       63
Kiowa       2.1       17       2.8       2.7       22
Las Animas       5.1     303       5.8       5.9     379
Otero       4.7     371       5.4       6.1     498
Prowers       3.7     221       4.3       3.8     229

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