Metro Denver unemployment rate unchanged in December, one of the lowest in the country

Metro Denver’s unadjusted unemployment rate was unchanged in December at 2.6 percent, the same as November, but down from this time last year, according to job estimates released today from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The 2.6 percent rate is for a 10-county area that includes Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Broomfield and Centennial, but not Boulder. Boulder County’s unemployment rate was 2.2 percent, also unchanged from November.

That low rate puts metro Denver at No. 19 in the country of metro areas with the lowest unemployment rates. Aimes, Iowa reports the lowest rate at 1.7 percent unemployment rate, while El Centro, California reports the highest rate of 20.3 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

In Denver alone, the December unadjusted jobless rate was 2.7 percent. Elsewhere in the Denver metro area, it was 2.2 percent in Douglas County; 2.6 percent in Arapahoe County; and 2.5 percent in Broomfield County.

A survey of households in the 10-county Denver area (not including Boulder) showed total employment at 1,549,275 in December (including the self-employed and farm workers), with 40,187 unemployed people actively seeking work.

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