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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in June 2009 at 7.2% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in December 2013, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Colorado 6.1% 0.0 -1.0
Boulder 4.8% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 June 2009 at 12,732. There are now 3,927 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 8,722 in January 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 83. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 8,805 +83 -1,046

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 6.2%
February
2014
6.7% 6.1% 4.8% 8,805
January
2014
6.6% 6.1% 4.8% 8,722
December
2013
6.7% 6.2% 4.8% 8,766
November
2013
7.0% 6.3% 5.0% 9,138
October
2013
7.2% 6.5% 5.2% 9,404
September
2013
7.2% 6.6% 5.2% 9,549
August
2013
7.2% 6.8% 5.2% 9,552
July
2013
7.3% 6.8% 5.4% 9,771
June
2013
7.5% 6.9% 5.4% 9,867
May
2013
7.5% 6.9% 5.3% 9,530
April
2013
7.5% 6.9% 5.3% 9,549
March
2013
7.5% 7.0% 5.3% 9,624

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.