Statewide Highlights: Workers in the State of Colorado had an average (mean) hourly wage of $26.84 in 2018, more than 7 percent above the US average of $24.98, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The statewide median hourly wage1 for all covered employment2 was $20.34 compared to the US median of $18.58.
Employers in Colorado added 2,400 nonfarm payroll jobs from December to January for a total of 2,749,300 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private sector payroll jobs increased 1,200 and government increased 1,200.
Third quarter 2018 Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) results indicate Colorado total nonfarm payroll jobs estimates will be revised down for this period with the release of benchmarked estimates in March 2019.
Gov. Jared Polis announced today that federal workers in Colorado who are required to report to work yet whose pay is being withheld, known as excepted workers - are now permitted to file a claim for jobless benefits.