Denver job market continues to show strong unemployment numbers

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New data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the Denver metro had the some of the best unemployment numbers in the state and country in August.

A mere 3.2 percent of the 1.55 million workers in the area were unemployed last month, according to the federal data released Wednesday.

Those numbers gave the metro — made up of Denver, Aurora, Lakewood and the surrounding areas — the third best unemployment rate in Colorado and 22nd best in the U.S.

Denver and Salt Lake City had the lowest unemployment rates out of the nation’s 51 population hubs with 1 million or more residents, according to the federal data.

The only metros in the state to boast better employment numbers were Boulder and Fort Collins. Those university cities had 2.9 percent of their workers in need of jobs and were among 14 metros with jobless rates less than 3 percent.

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Adrian D. Garcia covers business and trends for Denverite. He's covered business for The Fort Collins Coloradoan and serves as treasurer for the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.