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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 1.4 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in April 2020 at 9.8% and is now 1.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Colorado 10.2% -2.0 +7.4
Boulder 8.4% -1.4 +6.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2020 at 18,847. There are now 2,517 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 16,330 -2,517 +11,629

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 10.5%
May
2020
13.3% 10.2% 8.4% 16,330
April
2020
14.7% 12.2% 9.8% 18,847
March
2020
4.4% 5.2% 4.3% 8,314
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.2% 4,304
January
2020
3.6% 2.5% 2.2% 4,286
December
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.1% 4,209
November
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.2% 4,274
October
2019
3.6% 2.5% 2.2% 4,345
September
2019
3.5% 2.6% 2.2% 4,419
August
2019
3.7% 2.6% 2.3% 4,491
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.3% 4,557

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.