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Hours & Earnings Data

Monthly estimates of average weekly hours (AWH), average hourly earnings (AHE), and average weekly earnings (AWE)

Colorado CES produces hours and earnings data for the Manufacturing and Construction industries at the statewide and Denver MSA level. The estimates are derived from reports of gross payrolls and total hours worked by production workers for the pay period that includes the 12th of the month. A production worker is defined as an employee who is closely associated with the operation of production; this includes both full and part time workers. Office workers and those employees whose primary responsibility is to supervise are not included.

Payroll data is reported before deductions of any kind are taken and includes pay for overtime, vacations, holidays, and sick leave. Any type of non-wage cash payments such as bonuses or commissions are not included unless they are paid regularly. Tips and payments for business expenses are not included. Total hours includes overtime hours and hours for paid holidays, vacations, and sick leave.

Average hourly earnings should not be confused with wage rates. Since average hourly earnings are based on gross earnings, they are subject to variable factors such as overtime pay and shifts in the number of higher paid or lower paid employees. Average weekly hours should not be confused with scheduled hours worked. Factors such as unpaid absenteeism, labor turnover, strikes, part-time work, changes in overtime worked, and other variables cause average weekly hours to differ from a firm's scheduled hours worked.

Hours & Earnings Data: December 2017


Due to methodology changes, hours and earnings data for the Denver MSA is no longer available.

For historical Hours & Earnings data 2001-2004, access the BLS Public Data Query site


Note: Hours and Earnings data are not available for years prior to 2001 in Colorado because of the change from SIC industry coding to NAICS. Historical hours and earnings data are available at the national level and can be accessed from the Bureau of Labor Statistics' CES page.  

Current Employment Statistics (CES) data and any analysis are in the public domain and, with appropriate credit, may be reproduced without permission.  Please reference Source: “Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Labor Market Information”.

Changes to the Current Employment Statistics Survey in FAQ #9


Last Updated:  3/25/2016