Department of Numbers

Boulder, Colorado Job Growth

There were 183,200 jobs in Boulder, Colorado in July 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 177,541 employed persons for the month. Boulder lost 4,800 jobs in July 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment fell by 2,486 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boulder job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey July 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 183,200 -4,800 -16,000
CPS 177,541 -2,486 -15,555

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 17,200 jobs have been lost in Boulder according to the employer survey.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 194,011 for Boulder in February 2020. 16,470 jobs have been lost in Boulder since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 172,944, Boulder has added 4,597 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through July 2020

Boulder, Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
July 2020 183,200 -4,800 177,541 -2,486
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
November 2019 199,600 1,500 193,609 -9
October 2019 198,100 -2,300 193,618 54
September 2019 200,400 400 193,564 171
August 2019 200,000 800 193,393 297