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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.6 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in November 2010 at 7.3% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Colorado 3.7% 0.0 +0.8
Boulder 2.7% -0.6 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Boulder, Colorado, National

Boulder, Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Boulder, Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Boulder peaked in November 2010 at 12,538. There are now 7,220 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,064 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,254. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 5,318 -1,142 +382

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.5%
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 2.7% 5,318
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 3.3% 6,460
December
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.3% 6,508
November
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.0% 5,838
October
2018
3.8% 3.6% 2.9% 5,599
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.0% 5,752
August
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.1% 5,933
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.6% 5,024
June
2018
4.0% 3.2% 2.4% 4,630
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.2% 4,319
April
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.4% 4,567

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.