Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder

BOULDER – More highly skilled workers are moving to Denver than any other U.S. city, according to a new study by JLL Research.

The number of 25-year-olds and older with a bachelor’s degree or higher increased in Denver by 22.5 percent from 2012 to 2016, leading the nation’s growth rate for that demographic, reports JLL based on analysis of U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Here’s a look at the top 10 cities for worker growth rate in that demographic.

Among cities ranked, Denver took No. 1 followed by Washington, D.C. at 19.9 percent; Philadelphia, 19.7 percent; Boston, 19.1 percent; Portland, 18.4 percent; and Fort Worth, 17.9 percent.

Cities emerged as the residential location of choice, JLL Research says but “not all cities were created equal in their ability to attract talent.”

Denver led the pack bolstered by high wages and low unemployment. Even with the influx of workers, Colorado’s unemployment rate is at a historic low, clocking in at three percent, according to Colorado Department of Labor and Statistics March 2018 data.

In 2017, our state boasted the lowest unemployment in the nation at 2.3 percent, which is the lowest the state has seen since data were recorded in 1976, reports the CU Leeds Business Research Division at CU-Boulder.

CU Leeds School reports cities across the state with the lowest unemployment rates:

  • Fort Collins-Loveland, 2.1 percent
  • Boulder, 2.3 percent
  • Greeley, 2.5 percent
  • Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, 2.5 percent

Unemployment in the U.S. is  4.1 percent, with unemployment for those holding a bachelor’s degree or higher is roughly
2.1 percent nationwide.

“In a full employment economy, talent becomes increasingly difficult to attract as competition for available workers increases.
As a function of demand for talent outstripping supply, wages naturally rise as employers offer higher compensation to compete,” reports JLL Research.

See the full list of cities at jll.com/philadelphia/en-us/research/snapshots/839/philadelphia-4-9-18-war-for-talent.

Read more on the CU Leeds Economic Report at boulderco.com/blog/colorado-outperforms-us-economy-state-outlook-strong.html

By Tom Kalinski, RE/MAX of Boulder. Tom is the owner and founder of RE/MAX of Boulder. Call 303.441.5620 or e-mail tomkalinski33@gmail.com.