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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder rose 0.3 percentage points in September 2017 to 2.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in November 2010 at 7.3% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 1.9% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Colorado 2.5% +0.1 -0.7
Boulder 2.2% +0.3 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Boulder, Colorado, National

Boulder, Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Boulder, Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Boulder peaked in November 2010 at 12,526. There are now 8,370 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,451 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 705. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 4,156 +482 -722

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 2.7%
September
2017
4.2% 2.5% 2.2% 4,156
August
2017
4.4% 2.4% 1.9% 3,674
July
2017
4.3% 2.4% 2.1% 3,896
June
2017
4.4% 2.3% 2.0% 3,772
May
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.2% 4,041
April
2017
4.4% 2.3% 1.9% 3,451
March
2017
4.5% 2.6% 1.9% 3,470
February
2017
4.7% 2.9% 2.5% 4,541
January
2017
4.8% 2.9% 2.4% 4,485
December
2016
4.7% 3.0% 2.4% 4,319
November
2016
4.6% 3.0% 2.4% 4,417

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.