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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in November 2010 at 7.3% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Colorado 2.9% -0.1 -1.1
Boulder 2.5% +0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2016 data as April 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 7,969 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,033 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 524. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 4,557 +524 -1,479

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
April
2016
5.0% 3.1%
March
2016
5.0% 2.9% 2.5% 4,557
February
2016
4.9% 3.0% 2.3% 4,033
January
2016
4.9% 3.2% 2.3% 4,111
December
2015
5.0% 3.5% 2.9% 5,042
November
2015
5.0% 3.5% 2.9% 5,078
October
2015
5.0% 3.6% 2.9% 5,123
September
2015
5.1% 3.6% 2.9% 5,186
August
2015
5.1% 3.7% 3.0% 5,293
July
2015
5.3% 3.8% 3.1% 5,442
June
2015
5.3% 3.9% 3.2% 5,694
May
2015
5.5% 3.9% 3.4% 5,942

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.