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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Denver fell 1.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Denver peaked in April 2020 at 12.3% and is now 1.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Denver 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
Denver 10.6% -1.7 +7.9
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: 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 April 2020 at 201,537. There are now 28,316 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Denver employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Denver, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 173,221 -28,316 +128,126

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 10.5%
May
2020
13.3% 10.2% 10.6% 173,221
April
2020
14.7% 12.2% 12.3% 201,537
March
2020
4.4% 5.2% 4.9% 81,334
February
2020
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 41,296
January
2020
3.6% 2.5% 2.4% 41,078
December
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 40,378
November
2019
3.5% 2.5% 2.4% 40,989
October
2019
3.6% 2.5% 2.5% 41,705
September
2019
3.5% 2.6% 2.5% 42,461
August
2019
3.7% 2.6% 2.6% 43,195

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.