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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Job Growth

There were 1,500,800 jobs in Denver, Colorado in November 2020 according to the CES survey of employers. The CPS survey of households showed 1,586,053 employed persons for the month. Denver added 1,400 jobs in November 2020 according to the CES survey while the broader CPS measure of employment rose by 12,062 (Comparing CES and CPS employment numbers.). You can also compare Denver job growth to job growth in other cities.

Employment Survey November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
CES 1,500,800 +1,400 -50,700
CPS 1,586,053 +12,062 -66,748

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 January 2020 at 1,559,800. Since then 59,000 jobs have been lost in Denver according to the employer survey. From a trough of 1,376,800 in April 2020, Denver has gained 124,000 jobs according to CES employment figures.

CPS employment reached a maximum of 1,657,783 for Denver in February 2020. 71,730 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 154,126 jobs according to the CPS survey.

Employment: CES, CPS

CES and CPS employment chart through November 2020

Denver, Colorado Employment History

Date CES
Employment
CES
Month/Month
CPS
Employment
CPS
Month/Month
November 2020 1,500,800 1,400 1,586,053 12,062
October 2020 1,499,400 11,000 1,573,991 1,684
September 2020 1,488,400 14,400 1,572,307 26,536
August 2020 1,474,000 19,800 1,545,771 17,011
July 2020 1,454,200 19,600 1,528,760 17,684
June 2020 1,434,600 37,400 1,511,076 50,655
May 2020 1,397,200 20,400 1,460,421 28,494
April 2020 1,376,800 -172,100 1,431,927 -151,858
March 2020 1,548,900 -10,400 1,583,785 -73,998
February 2020 1,559,300 -500 1,657,783 4,070
January 2020 1,559,800 3,800 1,653,713 -1,719
December 2019 1,556,000 4,500 1,655,432 2,631