business and finance

December’s 3.5% unemployment caps strong 2018 for Colorado jobs

It was an extraordinary run for Colorado’s labor market in 2018. Unemployment hovered around 3 percent for the whole year, with 75,400 new jobs and substantial wage growth. The unemployment rate...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Learn about sitting smart at work

Absolute Physical Therapy and Wellness will present a workshop Wednesday about proper posture to protect a worker’s back from strains and aches in all work environments involving either sedentary...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Jan. 29 is National Plan for Vacation Day

When was the last time you took a vacation? If you can’t recall, you’re likely part of the majority of Americans (52 percent) who forfeit well-deserved time off from work each year. According to...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2019 | COLUMN: The Tourism Effect

Alan Plummer Associates acquires FEI Engineers

FEI Engineers, a water and wastewater engineering firm with offices in Durango and Denver, has been purchased by Alan Plummer Associates Inc., a Fort Worth, Texas-based water and wastewater...

DATE: Jan. 12, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

10 leadership books to watch for in 2019

Have you promised yourself you’ll stop checking your phone every few seconds and spend less time in useless meetings in 2019? Need some motivation to kick off the new year at work by reading about...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

‘What is bitcoin?’ topped Google’s 2018 trending list

NEW YORK – Bitcoin’s mesmerizing rise and fall in the past year has left investors and regulators asking, “What just happened?” Many are also asking an even more fundamental question: “What is...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Bed Bath & Beyond rally loses steam

Bed Bath & Beyond shocked investors with a rosy forecast for fiscal 2020, but analysts remain skeptical about the company’s ability to hit its targets. Some doubt the company’s strategy of...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

VCs plowed a record $9.3 billion into AI startups last year

NEW YORK – Artificial intelligence was a no-brainer bet for humans in 2018. Venture capital funding of AI companies soared 72 percent last year, hitting a record $9.3 billion, according to a new...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

New efficiency strategy helps Union Pacific soar

NEW YORK – Union Pacific Corp. surged the most since 2009 after hiring a protegé of railroading legend Hunter Harrison to guide the company’s shift to a new efficiency strategy. Jim Vena, 60, will...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

IRS will pay tax refunds during government shutdown, official says

The Internal Revenue Service will issue refunds to taxpayers even if the U.S. government shutdown extends into the filing season, a decision that may reduce political pressure on Congress and...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Mortgage rates continue to decline

WASHINGTON – U.S. long-term mortgage rates continued to fall this week, reaching their lowest levels in nine months. The decline in home-borrowing rates in recent weeks has been a spur to...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Workshop examines mental health at work

A three-part workshop, Mental Wealth in the Workplace, will be presented by the Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center in January at the Durango Public Library. The workshop will...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

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