Skip to content

Boulder County unemployment lower than state, nation

Colorado sees highest employment-to-population ratio since January 2009
This graph shows the unemployment rates in the US, Colorado and Boulder County in May 2021 and May 2022.

Boulder County’s unemployment rate in May was a full percentage point lower than the nation’s and nearly half what it was a year ago.

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment released the monthly data on joblessness in the state last week. The most recent data available for Boulder County is May, with an unemployment rate of 2.4% or 4,765 people.

As of July 28, there are 10,736 job openings advertised online for the county, according to state reporting. The Boulder County employers with the largest number of job openings in the county are Allied Universal, Boulder Community Health, St. Vrain Valley School District, UCHealth and the Sierra Nevada Corporation.

Statewide, unemployment fell to 3.4% in June, the lowest rate since February 2020 when joblessness was 2.8%. The national unemployment rate was 3.6% in June, holding steady for a third month.

Colorado added 4,500 nonfarm payroll jobs in June, according to state reporting, while its labor force grew by 8,200. The share of Coloradans participating in the labor force grew to 69.5%, the highest rate since March 2020.

The number of individuals employed in Colorado increased by 11,000 in June, representing 67.1% of the state’s 16 and older population. According to state reporting, Colorado’s employment-to-population ratio is at its highest level since January 2009, which was 67.3%.