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Employment & Education


There has been a steady increase in jobs in Aurora since the year 2000. The following charts and graphs will show total jobs and job type by industry and occupation. This section will briefly touch on labor force participation, jobs to housing ratio and educational attainment. Some of these data points will be compared to the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metro Area for reference.  

Source: U.S Census Bureau 2000 and 2010 Decennial Census, 2013-2017 ACS 5-Year Estimate, 2014-2016 ACS 5-Year Estimate and 2016-2020 ACS 5-Year Estimates

Source: U.S Census Bureau 2000 and 2010 Decennial Census, 2013-2017 ACS 5-Year Estimates, 2014-2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates

Industry and Occupation

Aurora's residents are employed in a wide range of industries, but the top industries are Educational Services, Health Care, and Social Assistance; Professional, Scientific, Management, Administrative and Waste Management; Retail Trade; and Arts, Entertainment, Recreation, Accommodation and Food Services. These have been our top industries for the past couple years. If you would like historical data on employment in Aurora, please contact the Planning Department. 

Source: U.S Census Bureau, 2016-2020 ACS 5-Year Estimates

Industry vs Occupation
What is the difference?

Industry refers to a group of establishments that produce similar products or provide similar services. It refers to the type of firm for which a person works. Occupation is a set of activities or tasks that employees are paid to perform. Employees who perform essentially the same tasks are in the same occupation, whether or not they work in the same industry. 

Source: US Census Bureau, 2016-2020 ACS 5-Year Estimates


Labor Force

Aurora's labor force has grown significantly since the great recession and seen many changes since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The city of Aurora's unemployment rate, as of February 2022, is 4.7%. The unemployment rate for the state of Colorado, as of February 2022, is 4.0% and 3.8% for the nation. If you would like specific information on unemployment rates and the labor force please contact the Planning Department. 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - Press Release: Colorado Employment Situation
(Data for given month and year can be found here:



Educational attainment refers to the highest level of education that an individual has completed. The following charts represent the over 25 years old population in Aurora and compares that data to the Denver-Aurora-Lakewood Metro Area. 87% of Aurora's population has at least a high school graduate education or higher. 

Source: U.S Census Bureau 2016-2020 ACS 5-Year Estimates

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