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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2014 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in June 2009 at 7.2% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Colorado 4.7% -0.4 -1.9
Boulder 3.6% -0.2 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2014 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 June 2009 at 12,744. There are now 6,075 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 6,669 -488 -2,607

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
October
2014
5.8% 4.3%
September
2014
5.9% 4.7% 3.6% 6,669
August
2014
6.1% 5.1% 3.8% 7,157
July
2014
6.2% 5.3% 4.0% 7,492
June
2014
6.1% 5.5% 4.2% 7,785
May
2014
6.3% 5.8% 4.6% 8,388
April
2014
6.3% 6.0% 4.7% 8,612
March
2014
6.7% 6.2% 4.8% 8,894
February
2014
6.7% 6.1% 4.8% 8,817
January
2014
6.6% 6.1% 4.8% 8,754
December
2013
6.7% 6.2% 4.9% 8,881
November
2013
7.0% 6.3% 5.0% 9,018
October
2013
7.2% 6.5% 5.0% 9,150

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.