Colorado Department of Labor and
For Immediate Release
Date: January 25, 2011/ 9:00 A.M.
Contact: Office of Government and Public Relations
Phone: (303) 318-8004
Fax: (303) 318-8070
Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of one percentage point to 8.8 percent in December, according to Ellen Golombek, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “Despite the rising unemployment rate, we’ve had over the year wage and salary employment growth in Colorado for the first time in almost two and a half years,” Ms. Golombek said. “And, we’ve added jobs four consecutive months.”
The number of working Coloradans fell 2,000 over the month to 2,431,900. The civilian labor force increased 1,300 to 2,665,200. The number of residents unsuccessfully looking for work increased 3,300 over the month to 233,300. One year ago, total employment was 2,452,700, the civilian labor force was 2,644,600 and the number of unemployed was 191,900. The civilian labor force has increased 20,600 since December 2009.
The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) increased in
Wage and Salary Employment[ii]
increased over the month in three of
Nonfarm payroll employment increased 0.2 percent over the year, or 5,100, from the December 2009 level of 2,204,300.
increased in four of
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell four-tenths of one percentage point to 9.4 percent in December, and nonfarm payroll employment increased 103,000. Since December 2009, nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 1,124,000 and private-sector employment has increased by 1,346,000. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality and in health care this month, but was little changed in other major industries.
estimation procedures mandated by BLS with the 2010 estimates may result in greater
month-to-month employment volatility. These survey-based estimates are revised
annually based on more complete information filed by employers with the State
[i] Labor force estimates are calculated from the household survey results, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Local Area Unemployment Statistics methods. The unadjusted statewide and county level estimates are available at the following link: http://lmigateway.coworkforce.com/lmigateway/gsipub/index.asp?docid=363
[ii] Wage and salary employment estimates are calculated from the establishment survey results, using the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Employment Statistics methods. The statewide adjusted and unadjusted, and the unadjusted MSA estimates are available at the following link: