Colorado Springs' job market grew by 16,100 jobs and Fort Collins' by 7,300 jobs.
There’s no doubt that Colorado’s strong economy will be a key selling point to voters if Gov. John Hickenlooper makes a White House run.
The Centennial State economy is expected to add more than 53,000 jobs in 2019.
The long-term unemployed are still unable to find jobs, while some employers are struggling to find qualified workers.
The economy is expected to continue growing slowly in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but ongoing trade disputes remain a concern.
District RE-3J has a bus driver shortage, driven in part because schools had trouble competing with high-paying, private-sector companies for drivers with a CDL license.
Colorado's economy is growing faster than almost every other state in the nation with the GDP expanding 3 percent in the first quarter of 2018.
A separate forecast presented to lawmakers Wednesday by Gov. John Hickenlooper's budget office does not foresee possible tax refunds until 2021.