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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Denver rose 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Denver peaked in October 2010 at 8.9% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.1% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Denver unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Colorado 2.9% +0.2 -0.1
Denver 3.0% +0.2 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Denver, Colorado, National

Denver, Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Denver, Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Denver peaked in November 2010 at 127,232. There are now 79,312 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 32,791 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 15,129. Denver employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Denver, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 47,920 +3,088 +4,148

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 2.9% 3.0% 47,920
October
2017
4.1% 2.7% 2.8% 44,832
September
2017
4.2% 2.5% 2.5% 39,456
August
2017
4.4% 2.4% 2.3% 36,031
July
2017
4.3% 2.4% 2.4% 37,979
June
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.3% 36,721
May
2017
4.3% 2.3% 2.4% 38,257
April
2017
4.4% 2.3% 2.1% 32,791
March
2017
4.5% 2.6% 2.1% 33,609
February
2017
4.7% 2.9% 2.8% 43,814
January
2017
4.8% 2.9% 2.8% 42,963

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.