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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.0%. 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 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Colorado 5.1% -0.3 -1.8
Boulder 4.0% -0.1 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 11,474 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 7,855 -274 -2,972

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.1% 4.0% 7,855
October
2021
4.6% 5.4% 4.1% 8,129
September
2021
4.7% 5.6% 4.4% 8,526
August
2021
5.2% 5.9% 4.9% 9,539
July
2021
5.4% 6.1% 5.0% 9,835
June
2021
5.9% 6.2% 5.1% 9,924
May
2021
5.8% 6.2% 5.0% 9,758
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 6.6% 5.5% 10,671

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.