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Data: Colorado Springs leads state in job recovery amid the pandemic

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- New state data from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) shows the Colorado Springs area has the highest job recovery rate compared to other areas of the state.

The data shows Colorado Springs with a job recovery rate of 69% as of January 2021. State labor officials said they were still analyzing the rates and weren't sure why the Colorado Springs area had the state's highest recovery rate.

Colorado's unemployment rate has decreased to 6.6% compared to the national unemployment rate of 6.3%.

Among the Colorado industries with the highest job increase rate during the pandemic are finance and insurance, transportation, warehousing, utilities, company management, and retail trade.

CDLE data shows that the food industry continues to struggle after losing at least 137,100 jobs and only gaining 75,100 jobs back for a recovery rate of 55%.

The industries in Colorado with the lowest job recovery rates are construction, arts, entertainment, recreation, manufacturing and private educational services, according to CDLE data.

Colorado Springs / Economy / News

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.



  1. Because the other counties have no recovery yet and the springs has 1 person that went back to work

  2. This is due to our high military and DOD community presence and then the crazy construction boom. So lots of people are still working or never stopped. Many are expanding.

  3. Great story… not seeing it. Been applying for 5 months, educated 15+years exp… nothing

    1. What is your experience and what are you looking for? I have had positions open for almost a year now and no one qualified applies. I know many other business owners who all say the same thing. We feel that there are many who just don’t want to work or they insist they only work from home…….

  4. Ya, not seeing it either. Maybe the pot shops and liquor stores are expanding. Lots of good paying jobs and local support jobs will dry up when space command pulls out. It will be interesting to see those statistics.

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