Employment & Education

Employment

There has been a steady increase in job in Aurora since the year 2000. The following charts and graphs with show total jobs and job type by industry and occupation. This section will briefly touch on unemployment rates and the jobs to housing balance through out the city. 


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

 
Source: U.S Census Bureau, 2014-2018 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, 2014-2018 ACS 5-Year Estimates

 

Labor Force

Aurora's labor force has grown significantly since the great recession, now estimated at over 182,000 people. As of June 2020 the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is reporting a 13.1% unemployment rate for the city of Aurora. 

Aurora labor Force 2008-2018

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Aurora Unemployment Rate

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education

87% of Aurora's population (25 years and over) has at least a high school graduate education or higher.