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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2015 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in November 2010 at 7.3% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Colorado 4.3% +0.1 -0.9
Boulder 3.7% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2015 data as June 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 12,521. There are now 5,911 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,934 in March 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 676. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 6,610 +122 -880

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 4.4%
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.7% 6,610
April
2015
5.4% 4.2% 3.7% 6,488
March
2015
5.5% 4.2% 3.4% 5,934
February
2015
5.5% 4.2% 3.5% 6,179
January
2015
5.7% 4.2% 3.4% 6,086
December
2014
5.6% 4.2% 3.5% 6,310
November
2014
5.8% 4.3% 3.6% 6,386
October
2014
5.7% 4.4% 3.6% 6,422
September
2014
5.9% 4.5% 3.7% 6,581
August
2014
6.1% 4.6% 3.8% 6,848
July
2014
6.2% 4.8% 3.9% 7,018

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.