Department of Numbers

Boulder, Colorado Job Growth

There were 185,900 jobs in Boulder, Colorado in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 184,339 employed persons for the month. Boulder added 200 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 221 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Boulder job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 185,900 +200 -15,200
CPS 184,339 +221 -9,672

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 15,200 jobs have been lost in Boulder according to the employer survey. From a trough of 175,500 in April 2020, Boulder has gained 10,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 194,011 for Boulder in February 2020. 9,672 jobs have been lost in Boulder since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 172,944, Boulder has added 11,395 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Boulder, Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 185,900 200 184,339 221
January 2021 185,700 1,200 184,118 3,482
December 2020 184,500 -100 180,636 -3,250
November 2020 184,600 -200 183,886 3,482
October 2020 184,800 -700 180,404 12
September 2020 185,500 1,200 180,392 349
August 2020 184,300 1,500 180,043 2,325
July 2020 182,800 400 177,718 -2,309
June 2020 182,400 0 180,027 2,372
May 2020 182,400 6,900 177,655 4,711
April 2020 175,500 -25,500 172,944 -13,370
March 2020 201,000 -100 186,314 -7,697