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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in April 2020 at 10.3% and is now 5.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.0% in May 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Colorado 6.1% -0.1 -1.3
Boulder 5.0% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 June 2020 at 19,329. There are now 9,523 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,758 in May 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 48. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 9,806 -118 -2,641

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.1% 5.0% 9,806
June
2021
5.9% 6.2% 5.1% 9,924
May
2021
5.8% 6.2% 5.0% 9,758
April
2021
6.1% 6.4% 5.5% 10,759
March
2021
6.0% 6.4% 5.5% 10,756
February
2021
6.2% 6.4% 5.5% 10,678
January
2021
6.3% 6.6% 5.5% 10,671
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 5.4% 10,564
November
2020
6.7% 6.9% 5.6% 10,827
October
2020
6.9% 6.9% 5.7% 11,125
September
2020
7.8% 7.0% 5.9% 11,377

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.