The Services industry experienced its highest quarter of employment growth since the publication was first written in 1989 adding 14,972 employees, a gain of 2.7% over last quarter. Business Services (73) up 7109 employees was the strongest growing sector in the industry driven by expansions in computer programming and related services and the temporary help field. Hotels & Lodging seasonally peaked up 3954 employees. Summer tourism particularly heavy in the Balance of State generated most of the gain. Engineering & Related Services (87) added 1583 employees with most gains occurring in Engineering Services (87) and Management & Public Relations Services. An increase in hospital and doctor’s office staff and nursing home expansions and openings contributed to the rise of 1312 employees in Health Services (80). Amusement parks and golf courses reported better than usual seasonal gains helping to push employment in Amusement & Recreation (79) up 1191 employees. Social Services (83) and Personal Services (82) each reported seasonal losses of about 600. Declines in Social Services were the result of summer closure for day care while declines in Personal Services which contains tax preparation was due to the end of the tax season.
Services rose 6.1% adding 33,176 employees since third quarter a year ago. Gains reflected activity levels which occurred in 1994. Growth in Business Services (73) continues to drive the industry maintaining more than half of the employment increase up 18,037 employees. The strongest components of Business Services were temporary help and Computer Programming, Data Processing & Other Related Services (737). Up 6170 employees, Health Services (80) reported the second largest employment gain. Increases in hospital staff, expanding and newly opened nursing homes and increases in the provision of home health care has driven the growth in Health Services. Engineering Services (87) registered the third largest gain adding 2592 employees. Losses occurred in Motion Pictures (78) down 313 employees. Fluctuations in demand for filming extras pervade this business which has declined in 1997.
Colorado Employment and Wages (ES202) Third Quarter 1997