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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Denver fell 0.1 percentage points in January 2020 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Denver peaked in November 2010 at 8.9% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Denver unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Colorado 2.5% 0.0 -0.7
Denver 2.4% -0.1 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2020 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Denver, Colorado, National

Denver, Colorado monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Denver, Colorado Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Denver peaked in November 2010 at 126,139. There are now 85,412 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,067 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,660. Denver employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Denver, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 40,727 -961 -18,973

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployed
February
2020
3.5%
January
2020
3.6% 2.5% 2.4% 40,727
December
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.5% 41,688
November
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.5% 42,799
October
2019
3.6% 2.5% 2.6% 43,349
September
2019
3.5% 2.6% 2.6% 44,060
August
2019
3.7% 2.6% 2.7% 45,612
July
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.8% 46,398
June
2019
3.7% 2.7% 2.9% 47,919
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 49,892
April
2019
3.6% 2.9% 3.2% 52,710
March
2019
3.8% 3.0% 3.3% 55,401

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.