Colorado’s economy has been growing steadily in the years since the end of the Great Recession.
But a new report from the progressive Colorado Center on Law and Policy says the top-line numbers on the state’s post-recession boom conceal lingering inequality and chronic under-employment.
Colorado’s unemployment rate is at its lowest level in more than eight years. But the report says much of the state’s job growth is in low-pay and part time work. It points to an income “gender gap”, with women’s earnings about 80 percent of men’s.
Plus, there's unequal high poverty rates. The poverty rate for white Coloradans is under nine percent, but around 20 percent for people of color.