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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in November 2010 at 7.3% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Colorado 3.2% +0.1 +0.2
Boulder 2.9% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 6,936 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 1,538. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 5,602 -150 +672

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.2% 2.9% 5,602
September
2018
3.7% 3.1% 3.0% 5,752
August
2018
3.9% 2.9% 3.1% 5,933
July
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.6% 5,024
June
2018
4.0% 2.7% 2.4% 4,630
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.2% 4,319
April
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.4% 4,567
March
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.4% 4,649
February
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.6% 4,936
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.7% 4,991
December
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.8% 5,216

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.