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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Denver rose 0.3 percentage points in December 2018 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Denver peaked in November 2010 at 8.9% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Denver unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Colorado 3.6% 0.0 +0.8
Denver 3.7% +0.3 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2018 data as January 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 127,197. There are now 65,667 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,141 in March 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 22,389. Denver employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Denver, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 61,530 +5,810 +13,285

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployed
February
2019
3.8%
January
2019
4.0% 3.7%
December
2018
3.9% 3.6% 3.7% 61,530
November
2018
3.7% 3.6% 3.4% 55,720
October
2018
3.8% 3.6% 3.2% 52,615
September
2018
3.7% 3.5% 3.3% 53,323
August
2018
3.8% 3.4% 3.3% 54,905
July
2018
3.9% 3.3% 2.9% 48,011
June
2018
4.0% 3.2% 2.7% 43,982
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.5% 40,923
April
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.6% 41,776
March
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.6% 42,379

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.