Dramatic changes in Colorado's unemployment picture will not be reflected in today's release of the monthly unemployment data. Because those numbers are largely based on data not yet reflecting COVID-19 economic impacts, the Northwest Workforce Area will not be featuring the release in our newsletter.

The release is based on data collected the week of March 9-13, which is just prior to the first massive influx of COVID-19-related unemployment claims.

The report, available here , shows the initial impacts of this public health crisis, but is not yet yet reflective of the number of unemployment claims entered in the final two weeks of March.

The five industries with the highest claims are:

  • Accommodation and Food Services - 21,124
  • Healthcare and Social Service - 9,717
  • Retail Trade - 7,400
  • Other Services* - 5,914
  • Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation - 4,080

The May unemployment situation, which is inclusive of April data, will be the first release where impacts of COVID-19 will be reflective of our new economic reality.

The Northwest Workforce Area Business Services Team will resume its regular updates in May when the numbers more accurately reflect the current situation.

*Other services include personal services such as nail and beauty salons, barbers, etc