Employment

‘Ban the box’ legislation advances in Colorado Legislature

DENVER – A House committee on Tuesday advanced legislation that would prohibit some employers from asking about a person’s criminal background on an initial application. The effort is known as “ban...

DATE: April 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County job growth attributed to diversification

In stride with state and national trends, unemployment is down in La Plata County. Department of Labor and Employment household surveys indicate a 3 percent unemployment rate for the county in...

DATE: March 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Businesses post more open jobs

WASHINGTON – U.S. companies advertised more available jobs in December and more Americans quit, trends that could lift wages in the coming months. The number of job openings jumped 4.9 percent to...

DATE: Feb. 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Business

Lawmakers mull helping people overcome past mistakes with the law when seeking employment

DENVER – Colorado Springs resident Heidi Sharp has beaten her addiction to methamphetamine, but she still can’t seem to escape her criminal past. Despite trading her meth habit to pursue a degree...

DATE: Feb. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Oil and gas price declines lead to job losses in La Plata County

Oil and gas prices have collapsed in the past couple of years, leading to fewer jobs in Southwest Colorado and concerns about how fast the industry might rebound. In La Plata County, no more than...

DATE: Jan. 30, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cortez OKs land-for-jobs deal with Osprey

The city of Cortez and Osprey Packs, which is based in the town, have agreed to a deal that provides the well-known backpack company with land for new headquarters if it adds 45 full-time jobs by...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

La Plata County’s overall economic outlook positive

The economy in La Plata County is showing healthy signs of growth and diversity, according to new report from the Region 9 Economic Development District. “We’re on an upward track,” said Robert...

DATE: Nov. 11, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Brewing Co. closes taproom

Eleven employees at Durango Brewing Co. were laid off Wednesday as the brewery closed its taproom for a renovation project that is part of a corporate restructuring effort. Officials for the...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Build a Better Bayfield on Thursday

Looking for a Bayfield-area job? Need employees? How about activities for kids? What started as a job fair has grown into a combination of business and community expo, recreational and performing...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers come together to create jobs

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers had a bit of a “kumbaya” moment this week in touting bipartisan workforce development measures that aim to help connect Coloradans with jobs. The news conference...

DATE: March 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Challenges of recruiting

Facing a shortage of specialized workers, local companies use Durango’s quality of life, more competitive wages and other perks to recruit and keep qualified candidates. Mercy Regional Medical...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2015 | CATEGORY: Business

Thirty employers at FLC spring job fair

More than 30 national, regional and local employers will be at the Fort Lewis College spring job fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 4. The fair is scheduled for the Student Union ballroom. Job...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News