QUARTERLY Service industry employment advanced 1.7% over last quarter adding 10,909 employees. When compared to second quarter gains in previous years at about 8000, this gain is significantly higher. Hotels & Lodging (70), while not the largest expanding sector, gained 956 employees. Typically, employment registers either a drop or a very small increase for this time period. Due to the lack luster ski season employment levels in first quarter were not as high as in previous years, so the seasonal decline was not as pronounced. This phenomenon also effected Amusement & Recreation (79), which reported a loss of 2237 employees compared to the historical decline of more than 3000. Business Services (73) reported the largest sector gain up 9291 employees. Gains were fairly typical with about 4200 added for Personnel Supply Services and about 3500 for Computer Programming, Data Processing & Other Computer Related Services. Health Services (80) added 1030 employees. Offices & Clinics of Doctors saw the largest subsector gain adding 619 due to the undercounting in March of around 600 employees and many small staff expansions. ANNUAL Annually, employment in the Services industry rose 4.9% and added 29,947 to its numbers. More than half of the industry’s growth occurred in Business Services (73) up 17,677 employees. The subsector, Computer Programming, Data Processing & Other Computer Related Services reported the largest increase adding 13,815. The popularity of contracting computer services coupled with the expanding availability of consultants has driven employment in this sector to great heights. Temporary staffing added another 2648 employees to the sector. Engineering Services (87) was up 4168 employees. The greatest contributors to the increase were professional Engineering Services up 1968 and Management Consulting Services up 1131. Social Services (83) gained 2052 employees. Residential Care added 985 employees. Growth was tied to the addition of a number of new assisted living facilities and some expansions of staff for group homes. Motion Pictures (78) was the only sector to decline dropping by 401. The closure of movie theaters due to bankruptcy and modernization generated 334 of the loss.
Colorado Employment and Wages (ES202) Second Quarter 2000