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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Job Growth

There were 1,474,500 jobs in Denver, Colorado in February 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,585,428 employed persons for the month. Denver added 5,100 jobs in February 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 4,456 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Denver job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,474,500 +5,100 -83,000
CPS 1,585,428 +4,456 -72,355

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

Denver, Colorado Employment Changes

The charts below show the monthly job growth for Denver 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 Denver, Colorado

CES employment for Denver peaked in February 2020 at 1,557,500. Since then 83,000 jobs have been lost in Denver according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,358,400 in April 2020, Denver has gained 116,100 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,657,783 for Denver in February 2020. 72,355 jobs have been lost in Denver since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,431,927, Denver has added 153,501 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through February 2021

Denver, Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
February 2021 1,474,500 5,100 1,585,428 4,456
January 2021 1,469,400 20,300 1,580,972 842
December 2020 1,449,100 -12,900 1,580,130 -21,834
November 2020 1,462,000 2,000 1,601,964 27,973
October 2020 1,460,000 11,200 1,573,991 1,684
September 2020 1,448,800 10,100 1,572,307 26,536
August 2020 1,438,700 13,000 1,545,771 17,011
July 2020 1,425,700 13,000 1,528,760 17,684
June 2020 1,412,700 25,000 1,511,076 50,655
May 2020 1,387,700 29,300 1,460,421 28,494
April 2020 1,358,400 -197,200 1,431,927 -151,858
March 2020 1,555,600 -1,900 1,583,785 -73,998