Labor market

Wanted: Bodies to fill positions at Durango restaurants

After the federal government began offering $600 a week in enhanced unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic, many predicted an unintended consequence: a labor shortage when the economy...

DATE: July 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Carver Brewing returns federal funds because it can’t open in time

Even as Bill and Jim Carver plan to reopen their iconic Durango brewpub and look for all the capital they can, they’ve returned the money they had received from the Small Business Administration...

DATE: May 24, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Restaurant workers cope with sudden loss of income

Michelle Hill and her husband, Kelly, had just submitted their paperwork seeking to qualify for their first house, when COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. Now, the Hills’ plans for a home of...

DATE: March 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Low-wage employees benefit from tight labor market

A booming economy is driving up wages for low-skilled and entry-level jobs across the nation. It’s true in Durango as well, and entry-level and younger workers appear to be the beneficiaries. “It’s...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Revamped Dolores mill starting up

Iron Wood Group LLC is gearing up to produce veneer for the plywood industry at a refurbished mill southwest of Dolores. CEO Jeff Bunnell was granted a high-impact permit for the business by...

DATE: Oct. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Business

Mancos farm, North Carolina company join forces on hemp

MANCOS – Local entrepreneurs in Mancos see potential for a thriving local hemp industry, but they need area farmers to jump on board. Green Lynx Farms built a 10,000-square-foot greenhouse this...

DATE: May 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Business

Colorado releases list of businesses that violated wage laws

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has publicly released for the first time the names of Colorado businesses that were found to violate wage laws since a new law went into effect April...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Signatures submitted to raise Colorado’s minimum wage

DENVER – Proponents of an effort to gradually raise the minimum wage in Colorado submitted more than double the amount of signatures necessary to make the November ballot. Colorado Families for a...

DATE: July 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Overtime pay a matter of fairness, tough for businesses

Federal rules that would extend overtime pay to mid-level managers would put pressure on Durango businesses to change their practices. “I think it’s going to have a huge impact on a lot of...

DATE: May 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Small businesses in La Plata County push for better Internet

Greater access to high-speed Internet could spur economic growth across the region. That was the main message small-business owners had for Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, Thursday at the Durango...

DATE: March 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County labor shortage ripples across industries

Many local employers are having a tough time finding workers, as fewer than 1,000 people are unemployed in La Plata County, according to the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance. At the...

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

Women won’t see equal pay until ’59

DENVER – Women won’t get paid as much as men until the year 2059, according to a report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Study director Jessica Milli says the median income for women...

DATE: Sept. 21, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

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