The first graph shows total payroll employment for each month. We see that in December, the total was both the highest December total ever reached, and also that the total was above the old June 2008 peak. In general, the second half of 2013 showed numerous new peaks in employment.
The second graph shows year-over-year gains in payroll employment. We see that overall growth has been similar to what was seen during the expansion of 2003-2008. In terms of growth, it appears that late 2012 and early 2013 saw the peak in employment growth with around 60,000 jobs gained, year over year during that period. Since September 2013, growth has fallen below 50,000 jobs each month, and December's growth was at the lowest level since April 2012. In December 2013, there were 43,000 more payroll jobs in Colorado than in December 2012. Back in February 2013, more than 66,000 jobs were added, year over year.