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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Denver fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 3.2%. 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 May 2020 at 12.6% and is now 9.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Denver unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Colorado 3.3% -0.1 -2.3
Denver 3.2% -0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2022 data as August 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 May 2020 at 206,276. There are now 150,462 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Denver employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Denver, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 55,814 -1,573 -38,749

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployed
August
2022
3.7%
July
2022
3.5% 3.3% 3.2% 55,814
June
2022
3.6% 3.4% 3.3% 57,387
May
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.5% 60,196
April
2022
3.6% 3.6% 3.7% 62,614
March
2022
3.6% 3.7% 3.9% 66,141
February
2022
3.8% 4.0% 4.1% 69,449
January
2022
4.0% 4.2% 4.3% 72,826
December
2021
3.9% 4.2% 4.6% 77,871
November
2021
4.2% 4.3% 4.6% 77,443
October
2021
4.6% 4.5% 4.6% 78,391
September
2021
4.7% 4.7% 4.9% 82,958

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.