Denver Office Report – Winter 2020

Building on its growing tech scene and rapid job growth, the sector is poised for another banner year.
Office-using employment in Denver, click to enlarge
Office-using employment in Denver, click to enlarge

Denver’s office sector continues to thrive, thanks to its economic growth, advancing tech industry, skilled talent pool and business-friendly environment. The Mile High City ranked seventh out of 500 U.S. cities on SmartAsset’s Top Boomtowns in America list. Furthermore, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Colorado’s unemployment rate stood at 2.5 percent as of December.

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Employers added 16,900 office-using jobs through November, up 3.1 percent year-over-year. Professional and business services led gains with the addition of 9,700 jobs. With its historical foundation in Denver, the energy sector plays a key role in the metro’s economy. After BP relocated its headquarters to Denver from Houston, another major oil and gas company is making the move to the metro—Encana Corp., a stalwart of Canada’s energy sector, has picked Denver for its new base of operations. The company will be rebranded as Ovintiv.

Employment growth by sector in Denver, click to enlarge
Employment growth by sector in Denver, click to enlarge

The metro is home to a booming coworking scene, with a total of 117 coworking locations spread across 2.9 million square feet. WeWork is Denver’s largest coworking provider and the metro’s single-biggest office user. Investors were active in the metro, with some 15.9 million square feet sold for a combined $2.9 billion between January and December. Development remains robust, with 21 projects encompassing some 2.7 million square feet underway as of December.

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