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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 2.9%. 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 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Colorado 3.5% -0.1 -0.7
Boulder 2.9% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 7,407 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 5,114 -117 -1,196

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 3.5% 2.9% 5,114
November
2015
5.0% 3.6% 3.0% 5,231
October
2015
5.0% 3.8% 3.0% 5,295
September
2015
5.1% 4.0% 3.0% 5,283
August
2015
5.1% 4.2% 3.2% 5,617
July
2015
5.3% 4.3% 3.2% 5,549
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 3.5% 6,215
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.7% 6,603
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

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.