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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Denver fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.4%. 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 May 2020 at 12.6% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in August 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Denver unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Colorado 3.5% -0.1 -0.8
Denver 3.4% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2022 data as December 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 146,800 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 56,121 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,355. Denver employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Denver, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 59,476 +1,023 -17,967

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployed
December
2022
3.5%
November
2022
3.6% 3.5% 3.4% 59,476
October
2022
3.7% 3.6% 3.4% 58,453
September
2022
3.5% 3.4% 3.3% 56,625
August
2022
3.7% 3.4% 3.2% 56,121
July
2022
3.5% 3.3% 3.3% 56,596
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

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.