Department of Numbers

Boulder, Colorado Job Growth

There were 185,200 jobs in Boulder, Colorado in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 180,612 employed persons for the month. Boulder lost 500 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 208 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boulder job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 185,200 -500 -14,400
CPS 180,612 +208 -12,997

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 September 2019 at 200,400. Since then 15,200 jobs have been lost in Boulder according to the employer survey. From a trough of 183,500 in July 2020, Boulder has gained 1,700 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 194,011 for Boulder in February 2020. 13,399 jobs have been lost in Boulder since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 172,944, Boulder has added 7,668 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Boulder, Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 185,200 -500 180,612 208
October 2020 185,700 300 180,404 12
September 2020 185,400 -1,400 180,392 349
August 2020 186,800 3,300 180,043 2,325
July 2020 183,500 -4,500 177,718 -2,309
June 2020 188,000 -100 180,027 2,372
May 2020 188,100 3,700 177,655 4,711
April 2020 184,400 -14,900 172,944 -13,370
March 2020 199,300 100 186,314 -7,697
February 2020 199,200 0 194,011 368
January 2020 199,200 -1,000 193,643 -4
December 2019 200,200 600 193,647 38