Metro Denver's unemployment rate down from 2013

Mark Harden -- The Denver Business Journal 

Metro Denver's unemployment rate stood at 5.2 percent in July, unchanged from June but down 1.5 percentage points from July 2013's 6.7 percent jobless rate, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Wednesday.

The 5.2 percent jobless rate is for a 10-county area that includes Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Broomfield and Centennial, but not Boulder County.

The July 2014 numbers are preliminary and are not adjusted for typical seasonal job fluctuations, and so year-to-year comparisons are considered more valid than month-to-month changes.

According to the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics, metro Denver had 1,486,300 people in its civilian labor force last month, meaning people working or those without jobs who are actively seeking one. Of that number, 77,500 were classed as unemployed.

People who have given up seeking a job or who have taken part-time work because they can't find a full-time position are not counted as unemployed.

Other July unadjusted unemployment rates for Colorado metro areas BLS released Wednesday:

  • Boulder: 4.3 percent, down from 6.9 percent in July 2013.
  • Colorado Springs: 6.7 percent, down from 8.3 percent in July 2013.
  • Fort Collins-Loveland: 4.3 percent, down from 5.5 percent in July 2013.
  • Grand Junction: 6.3 percent, down from 8.3 percent in July 2013.

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