Fast Fact – Oct. 22, 2021

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: October 22, 2021

Due to the significant disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colorado’s unemployment rate more than doubled in 2020—rising from 2.8% in 2019 to a rate of 7.3%. All 64 counties in Colorado saw their unemployment rates increase after March 2020 as widespread shutdowns occurred, but some communities were affected more than others. The largest increases in the unemployment rate were felt by counties where tourism and hospitality are vital to the local economy–places like Gilpin, San Miguel, Pitkin, Summit and Clear Creek counties. To see unemployment rates by county in 2020, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center. 

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit