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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 2019 to 2.8%. 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 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in February 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Denver 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
Denver 2.8% -0.1 -0.4
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: 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 79,731 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 7,341. Denver employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Denver, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 46,408 -1,511 -6,318

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployed
August
2019
3.7%
July
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.8% 46,408
June
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.9% 47,919
May
2019
3.6% 3.2% 3.0% 49,892
April
2019
3.6% 3.3% 3.2% 52,710
March
2019
3.8% 3.5% 3.3% 55,401
February
2019
3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 58,285
January
2019
4.0% 3.7% 3.6% 59,700
December
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.5% 58,241
November
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.5% 58,464
October
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.5% 58,288
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.4% 56,909

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.