Department of Numbers

Boulder, Colorado Job Growth

There were 190,900 jobs in Boulder, Colorado in July 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 185,722 employed persons for the month. Boulder added 1,000 jobs in July 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 253 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boulder job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 190,900 +1,000 +8,100
CPS 185,722 +253 +9,606

Note: The CPS survey data is now seasonally adjusted at the metropolitan level by with the new BLS SSA series.

Boulder, Colorado Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Boulder as measured by the CES and CPS surveys. To illustrate the trend, the 3 month moving average change in employment is shown in green.

CES Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

CPS Employment Change: 1 Month, Rolling 3 Month

Total Employment for Boulder, Colorado

CES employment for Boulder peaked in February 2020 at 201,100. Since then 10,200 jobs have been lost in Boulder according to the employer survey. From a trough of 175,500 in April 2020, Boulder has gained 15,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 193,724 for Boulder in February 2020. 8,002 jobs have been lost in Boulder since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 164,215, Boulder has added 21,507 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2021

Boulder, Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2021 190,900 1,000 185,722 253
June 2021 189,900 800 185,469 194
May 2021 189,100 1,000 185,275 403
April 2021 188,100 300 184,872 348
March 2021 187,800 1,100 184,524 116
February 2021 186,700 1,000 184,408 232
January 2021 185,700 1,200 184,176 397
December 2020 184,500 -100 183,779 591
November 2020 184,600 -200 183,188 707
October 2020 184,800 -700 182,481 802
September 2020 185,500 1,200 181,679 1,247
August 2020 184,300 1,500 180,432 4,316