Metro Denver had the second-lowest unemployment rate in December out of all U.S. major metros

The Denver metro area closed 2016 with 40,187 people unemployed, according to a federal jobs report released Wednesday.

Devon Tivona, co-founder of Pana, works at his market street desk. (Chloe Aiello/Denverite)

The Denver metro area closed 2016 with 40,187 people unemployed, according to a federal jobs report released Wednesday.

That’s more people out of work than the total number of residents who live in Northglenn, but only 2.6 percent of metro Denver’s workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Out of the 51 major metros with 1 million or more people, Denver had the second lowest unemployment rate, behind Boston’s metro (2.5 percent).

Closer to home, Denver had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, tied with Greeley. Colorado overall averaged a 2.7 percent unemployment — down one percentage point from November.

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

Adrian D. Garcia

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Adrian D. Garcia is on business and trends for Denverite, serves as treasurer for the Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was recently elected to the board of the Denver Press Club. He can be reached at agarcia@denverite.com.