2020 Colorado Creative Economy Report

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COVID Impacts – Job Loss

Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a division of the state’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, included initial impacts of the COVID-19 crisis in its 2020 Colorado Creative Economy Report. CCI defines the creative industries as including not only performing and visual arts, but design and advertising, publishing, architecture, film, television and radio, creative technology, fashion, culinary arts (like wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisanal food producers), and culture and heritage organizations. Through July 2020, Colorado’s creative industries had already lost more than 59,000 jobs. Hardest hit were jobs in the performing and visual arts, with more than 31,000 jobs lost. This is a stunning loss of jobs across the creative industries, an economic engine that had seen 25% job growth from 2010-2019 and that was responsible for $31.6 billion in sales of goods and services in 2019.

Read more: https://publicaffairs.ucdenver.edu/news-and-events/news-article/faculty-opeds/individuals-are-key-to-colorado-s-creative-economy-resurgence

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