Colorado Employment Situation - June 2019

For Immediate Release
Date: July 19, 2019 - 8:00 A.M.
Contact: Office of Government and Public Relations
Phone: Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070

Colorado Nonfarm Payroll Jobs - Over the Month ChangeEmployers in Colorado added 8,100 nonfarm payroll jobs from May to June for a total of 2,779,400 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private-sector payroll jobs increased 6,500 and government increased 1,600. May estimates were revised up to 2,771,300, and the over the month change from April to May was an increase of 7,000 rather than the originally estimated increase of 2,200.

According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point from May to June to 3.0 percent. The number of people actively participating in the labor force increased 4,800 over the month to 3,143,400 and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 9,600 to 3,049,200, causing the number of unemployed to decrease 4,800 and the unemployment rate to decline to 3.0 percent. The national unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 3.7 percent.

Over the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls increased from 33.9 to 34.3 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $28.66 to $30.22.

The largest over the month private-sector job gains were in professional and business services and construction. There were no significant private sector over the month declines.

Over the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 52,800, with an increase of 47,700 in the private sector and an increase of 5,100 in government. The largest private-sector job gains were in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and educational and health services. Financial activities declined over the year.

Over the year, the unemployment rate is down two-tenths of a percentage point from 3.2 percent. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 51,900, total employment increased 56,000 and the number of unemployed decreased 4,200. The national unemployment rate declined from 4.0 percent in June 2018 to 3.7 percent in June 2019.

All Colorado estimates from the establishment and household surveys, including greater geographic detail, are available at: Estimates for all states and the nation are available at:

The July 2019 Colorado Employment Situation will be released at 8:00 AM on Friday, August 16, 2019. The full schedule of release dates for calendar year 2019 estimates is available at

Nonfarm payroll jobs estimates are based on a survey of business establishments and government agencies, and are intended to measure the number of jobs, not the number of people employed. Other series based on this survey include private sector average weekly hours, average hourly earnings and average weekly earnings.

The unemployment rate, labor force, labor force participation, total employment and the number of unemployed are based on a survey of households. The total employment estimate derived from this survey is intended to measure the number of people employed.

The business establishment survey covers about seven times the number of households surveyed and is therefore considered a more reliable indicator of economic conditions. Because the estimates are based on two separate surveys, one measuring jobs by worksite and the other measuring persons employed and unemployed by household, estimates based on these surveys may provide seemingly conflicting results.