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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Job Growth

There were 1,538,800 jobs in Denver, Colorado in November 2021 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,635,310 employed persons for the month. Denver added 10,400 jobs in November 2021 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 4,388 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Denver job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,538,800 +10,400 +76,800
CPS 1,635,310 +4,388 +65,553

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 18,700 jobs have been lost in Denver according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,358,400 in April 2020, Denver has gained 180,400 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,647,283 for Denver in February 2020. 11,973 jobs have been lost in Denver since then according to the household survey. From a April 2020 low of 1,398,759, Denver has added 236,551 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2021

Denver, Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2021 1,538,800 10,400 1,635,310 4,388
October 2021 1,528,400 5,800 1,630,922 3,386
September 2021 1,522,600 7,600 1,627,536 22,143
August 2021 1,515,000 2,700 1,605,393 1,156
July 2021 1,512,300 8,000 1,604,237 -862
June 2021 1,504,300 8,900 1,605,099 -713
May 2021 1,495,400 5,100 1,605,812 435
April 2021 1,490,300 7,500 1,605,377 19,237
March 2021 1,482,800 8,900 1,586,140 1,901
February 2021 1,473,900 4,500 1,584,239 4,389
January 2021 1,469,400 20,300 1,579,850 5,899
December 2020 1,449,100 -12,900 1,573,951 4,194