Labor + Employment

Colorado has one of the nation’s most educated workforces, ranking third among the 50 states for percentage of residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Commerce City has a labor force of 26,545 people. is diverse and well educated. Eighty percent have high school degrees, and 20% have bachelor’s degrees or higher.

 Workforce Snapshot  
 Labor Force  26,545
 No. of Employed  25,695
 Total Unemployed   849
 Unemployment Rate  3.2%
 Average Annual Wage  $54,236
 No. of Jobs  31,576
 Source: CO Dept. of Labor & Employment  

Commerce City is home to over 1,400 companies that employ 31,576 people. The number of businesses throughout Commerce City rose 4.5 percent between 2015 and 2016 with a net increase of 64 businesses.

Employment by supersector chart

Commerce City employment rose 1.6 percent in the third quarter of 2016 compared with the prior year, creating an additional 483 jobs.

View the Business and Employment Indicators by Supersector chart.

The transportation, warehousing, and utilities sector is the largest employment sector in Commerce City. This is evidenced by the list of top employers.

Commerce City's Largest Private Employers    
 United Parcel Service  Global Logistics 2700
 Shamrock Foods  Foodservice  Distribution/Warehousing  860
 FedEx Freight Inc  Global Logistics  630
 FedEx Ground Package System Inc  Global Logistics  600
 Suncor Energy USA Inc.  Energy Production  420
 Douglass Colony Group  Building Materials  400
 Old Dominion Freight Lines  Global Logistics  370
 Waste Management of Colorado Inc.  Waste Removal/Recycling  290
 Republic Services  Waste Removal/Recycling  270
 Walmart Stores Inc.  Retail Distribution/Warehousing   250

Union Status

Colorado is not a right-to-work state, but has a modified right-to-work law. It specifies stringent requirements for inclusion of mandatory union membership in collective bargaining agreements. As a result, actual union membership may be slightly lower than persons covered by collective bargaining agreements. This modified status is unique in the nation.

Workers’ Compensation Insurance

All private and public employers in Colorado, with limited exceptions, must provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees when they employ one or more full- or part-time staff member(s). Learn more about Workers Compensation insurance in Colorado.

Unemployment Insurance

The new employer standard is 1.7% of each person's wages up to the first $10,000. Learn more about Unemployment Insurance in Colorado.