Of 2018’s job gains, the West Elk Mine near Paonia dominated.
Colorado Springs' job market grew by 16,100 jobs and Fort Collins' by 7,300 jobs.
There are few comparisons in Colorado’s history when it comes to the performance of the job market in 2018.
Since the shutdown began, federal workers in Colorado have filed more than 2,000 claims. They make up more than 20 percent of unemployment claims filed since the shutdown began.
Apple says it plans hundreds of new jobs in Boulder.
The Centennial State economy is expected to add more than 53,000 jobs in 2019.
“We knew Colorado was the underdog, but the process alone was worth its weight in gold,” said Sam Bailey, the Metro Denver EDC’s vice president of economic development.
The biggest August job gains were in hospitality and construction.
The long-term unemployed are still unable to find jobs, while some employers are struggling to find qualified workers.