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Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Colorado Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Denver fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2018 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Colorado rate. The unemployment rate in Denver peaked in November 2010 at 8.9% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Denver unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Colorado 3.0% 0.0 +0.4
Denver 2.6% -0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2018 data as April 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 84,700 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 3,356. Denver employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Denver, Colorado) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Denver 42,497 -3,658 +3,356

Number of Unemployed Persons

Denver, Colorado Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Colorado
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployment Rate
Denver
Unemployed
April
2018
3.9%
March
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.6% 42,497
February
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.8% 46,155
January
2018
4.1% 3.0% 2.9% 46,425
December
2017
4.1% 3.0% 3.0% 48,245
November
2017
4.1% 3.0% 3.0% 47,714
October
2017
4.1% 3.0% 2.9% 47,064
September
2017
4.2% 3.0% 2.9% 46,208
August
2017
4.4% 2.9% 2.8% 44,971
July
2017
4.3% 2.8% 2.7% 43,376
June
2017
4.3% 2.7% 2.6% 41,985
May
2017
4.3% 2.6% 2.6% 40,984

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.