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Boulder, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Boulder fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Boulder peaked in November 2010 at 7.3% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Boulder unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Colorado 2.9% -0.1 -0.4
Boulder 2.4% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 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 November 2010 at 12,486. There are now 7,643 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,051 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 792. Boulder employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Boulder, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Boulder 4,843 -181 -734

Number of Unemployed Persons

Boulder, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployment Rate
Boulder
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 2.8%
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.4% 4,843
June
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.5% 5,024
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 2.6% 5,221
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 2.8% 5,550
March
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.0% 5,823
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.1% 6,124
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 3.2% 6,306
December
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.2% 6,168
November
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.2% 6,195
October
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.2% 6,179

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.