Colorado under-employment numbers better than rest of US

May 14, 2015

Colorado did better than the rest of the country in a federal snapshot of people out of work and those considered under employed.

For Colorado, that percentage was 9 percent last year -- below the national average.  The Bureau’s latest report says Colorado’s unemployment rate for last year was 4.9 percent, compared to 6.2 percent nationwide.  It says there were 138,000 unemployed Coloradans in 2014.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has six different ways of measuring what it calls under-utilization in the labor market, from the officially unemployed, to people working part time, and those only marginally attached to the work force.