In the West today, what sectors drive the economy? The four charts below review job growth and current employment Colorado and the West (eleven continental western states).
The results may be surprising. Both job growth and overall employment is driven by the services sectors (health care, finance, accommodation, etc.) rather than goods producing sectors (construction, mining, manufacturing).
See the charts below, the research tools in the right column, or links at the end of this blog. Given this information, what policies should presidential candidates advocate to help the region grow further?
Change in Employment, Colorado, 2005-2014
Employment by Industry, Percent of Total, Colorado, 2014
Change in Employment, the West, 2005-2014
Employment by Industry, Percent of Total, West, 2014
Do Your Own Socioeconomic Research
See this blog comparing political rhetoric to West’s real economy.
To look at a state or county in more detail, see our West-Wide Economic Atlas.
For detailed analysis, the Economic Profile System provides socioeconomic data for communities, counties, states or aggregations.