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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.2 percentage points in July 2016 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 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. From a post peak low of 2.3% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
Colorado 3.8% +0.1 0.0
Boulder 2.9% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2016 data as August 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 7,333 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 1,160. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 5,193 -378 -249

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
August
2016
4.9% 3.8%
July
2016
4.9% 3.8% 2.9% 5,193
June
2016
4.9% 3.7% 3.1% 5,571
May
2016
4.7% 3.3% 3.0% 5,437
April
2016
5.0% 3.1% 2.9% 5,267
March
2016
5.0% 2.9% 2.5% 4,559
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

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.