Very Little Changes in Colorado and Mesa County Employment
The results are in and here's how Colorado fared getting people to work in the month leading up to Labor Day.
Monthly unemployment statistics provided by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment show no change from July to August with the state's unemployment rate steady at 3.8 percent. That's still lower than the nationwide average of 4.9 percent.
While unemployment remains unchanged, two areas of employment including average hours worked and average hourly pay dropped slightly. The average work week dropped from 34.8 to 33.9 hours. The average hourly pay decreased from $27 to $26.69.
Counties in western Colorado saw a minimal decrease in unemployment from July to August.
County Unemployment percentage July compared to August 2016
- Delta - 5.0 / 4.7
- Eagle - 2.8 / 2.5
- Garfield - 3.6 / 3.3
- Gunnison - 2.2 / 2.0
- Mesa - 6.0 / 5.3
- Montrose - 4.2 / 3.9
- Ouray - 3.4 / 3.2
- Pitkin - 2.9 / 2.7
- Rio Blanco - 5.3 / 5.1
- Routt - 2.8 / 2.6
- San Miguel - 2.6 / 2.4
Compared to August of 2015, Colorado's unenployment rate in August 2016 rose one tenth of a point from 3.7 to 3.8 percent.