Job Outlook: Denver, CO

Denver, the "Mile High City" is the 16th largest metro area in the country. Denver's high number of government jobs is one factor that has kept unemployment well under national averages. Denver's broad business base and population growth trends should fuel above average employment in the Denver area as the recession ends.


Unemployment Rate of the Denver Metro Area:

The Denver metropolitan area's unemployment rate was 8.3% according to April 2011 statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, April 2011 report.


Top Industries in the Denver Metro Area:

The current fastest growing industries in the Denver metro area are:


The current best paying industries in the Denver metro area are:


Top Companies in the Denver Metro Area*

  1. U.S. Federal Government – The largest employer in the Denver metropolitan area is the U.S. Government. MetroDenver.org reports that the U.S. Government employs over 35,100 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  2. State Of Colorado – The State of Colorado is Denver's second largest employer. MetroDenver.org reports that the State of Colorado employs over 33,000 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  3. The University of Colorado System – The University of Colorado System is comprised of The University of Colorado, University of Colorado Medical Campus and University of Colorado Hospital. The University of Colorado educates over 56,000 students. The University of Colorado Hospital is consistently ranked one of the top hospitals nationally by US News and World Reports. MetroDenver.org reports that the University of Colorado System employs over 33,000 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  4. City & County of Denver – The City and County combined government of Denver is the area's 4th-largest employer. MetroDenver.org reports that the City & County of Denver employs over 13,000 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  5. Jefferson County Public Schools – Jefferson County Public Schools is the largest school system in Colorado. The Jefferson County Public School system operates 155 schools and educates over 84,000 students. MetroDenver.org reports that the Jefferson County Public Schools employ over 12,100 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  6. Denver Public Schools - Denver Public Schools is the 2nd largest school system in Colorado. The Denver Public School system operates 152 schools and educates over 78,000 students. MetroDenver.org reports that the Denver Public Schools employ over 11,300 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  7. US Postal Service - USPS delivers mail to over 149 million addresses in the country. USPS processes over 28 million pieces of mail per hour. The Denver region not only operates post offices and manages mail carriers, but also operates a Denver area large bulk mail center to streamline delivery. MetroDenver.org reports that USPS employs over 11,100 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  8. HealthOne Healthcare – HealthOne is the largest healthcare system in the Denver region with nine Hospitals, 13 outpatient surgical centers, more than 30 clinics, and medical air /ground transportation. MetroDenver.org reports that HealthOne employs over 9,100 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  9. Cherry Creek School District – Cherry Creek School District is the 4th-largest school system in Colorado. The Cherry Creek School system educates over 50,000 students. MetroDenver.org reports that the Cherry Creek School District employs over 9,100 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

  10. Lockheed Martin Corporation – Lockheed Martin is the world's largest defense supplier. Lockheed, number 54 of the Fortune 500, is also the largest provider of IT services and training to the US Government. MetroDenver.org reports that Lockheed Martin employs over 8,200 people in the Metropolitan Denver area.

Top Denver area jobs in need of workers:

Top Denver metro area employment trends**:
  • Denver area work from home opportunities decreased 71% since October 2009.
  • Denver area consulting opportunities decreased 86% since October 2009.
  • Denver area outsourcing opportunities decreased 63% since October 2009.

Denver metropolitan area attitudes and employment outlook:

Denver is projected to grow an above average 26.3% through 2025 based on reports from BizJournals.com. As the economy recovers, Denver's strong diversified business base of public, corporate, education, and health care jobs should grow considerably.

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* From MetroDenver.org

** According to SimplyHired Employment Trends

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The top 6 employers in the Denver metro area are public - NOT PRIVATE - sector employers. And this writer believes this is GOOOD news??!!!!

1.U.S. Federal Government
2.State Of Colorado –
3.The University of Colorado System –
4.City & County of Denver –
5.Jefferson County Public Schools
6.Denver Public Schools -

Hello!? Is anybody there? Is anybody listening?
WE NEED PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS - NOW!!!

August 25 2010 at 9:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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