Colorado Employment Statistics

  • 204,912 employers
  • 2,673,688 employees
  • $1,134 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 3.0% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 5.5% above the national average

For complete coverage and the latest employment statistics as compiled by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, see: Colorado Employment Statistics

State Business & Employment Since 2009

  • 29,807 more businesses
  • 472,261 more employees
  • 21.5% increase in total wages
  • $12,081 increase in annual wages per employee
  • 25.8% increase in wages per employee

For our analysis of key data changes for business and employment data since the end of the recession in 2009, see: Colorado Employment Growth Since the Recession

Business & Employment by County

County with the Most Businesses: Denver County Colorado, 31,827
County with the Most Employees: Denver County Colorado, 436,205
County with Highest Average Hourly Wage: Broomfield County Colorado, $1,872
County with Highest Unemployment Rate: Huerfano County Colorado, 8.9%

For a breakout of business and employment data by county for the state of Colorado, see: Colorado Employment Statistics by County


For a breakout of occupations across the state of Colorado see:Colorado Occupational Statistics

Monthly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 3,058,640 employed workers
  • 90,549 unemployed workers
  • 2.9% unemployment rate

Monthly employment, unemployment and wage data for the state of Colorado, see: Colorado Monthly Employment Data

Quarterly Employment and Unemployment Data

  • 207,605 employers, up 2.4% from 202,688
  • 2,682,434 employees, up 2.2% from 2,625,237
  • $1,231 average weekly wage, up 4.8% from $1,175
  • The average weekly wage is 4.0% above the national average
  • The cost of living is 5.5% above the national average

Quarterly employment statistics for Colorado, see: Colorado Quarterly Employment Data

Data Sources

About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.