Colorado metro-area employment / unemployment

Unemployment rates in the state’s seven metropolitan areas dropped as much as one and four tenths of a percentage point to five tenths of a percentage point between December 2010 and December 2011, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Pueblo’s rate dropped the least, from 10.3 percent in December 2010 to 9.8 percent in December 2011. Grand Junction’s rate dropped the most, from 10.4 percent in December 2010 to 9 percent in December 2011. The overall state rate during those months dropped from 8.7 in December 2010 to 7.9 in December 2011, eight tenths of a percentage point. The December 2011 rates are preliminary.

 Region Civilian Labor Force* Unemployed Number* % of Labor Force
* in thousands November December November December November December
 2010  2011  2010  2011  2010  2011  2010  2011  2010  2011  2010  2011
 Colorado  2,673.1  2,727.3  2,656.2  2,719.3  238.0  212.5  231.8  214.8  8.9  7.8  8.7  7.9
 Boulder  173.3  178.1  171.9  177.1  12.3  10.6  11.5  10.3  7.1  5.9  6.7  5.8
 Colorado Springs  307.1  309.9  304.3  304.2  29.5  27.0  28.7  27.4  9.6  8.7  9.4  9.0
 Denver-Aurora-Broomfield  1,374.1  1,403.0  1,366.2  1,391.5  123.4  110.5  120.9  112.6  9.0  7.9  8.9  8.1
 Fort Collins-Loveland  175.7  179.8  173.2  178.9  12.9  11.2  12.5  11.2  7.3  6.2  7.2  6.3
 Grand Junction  78.1   77.9   77.6   77.2   7.9   6.6   8.1   6.9  10.1  8.5  10.4  9.0
 Greeley  119.8  120.5  116.9  119.0  11.8  10.6  11.7  10.8  9.9  8.8  10.0  9.1
 Pueblo  74.5   77.1   73.9   76.4   7.8   7.3   7.6   7.5  10.5  9.4  10.3  9.8