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

U.S. job market’s modest improvement may be stalling

WASHINGTON – The number of laid-off workers seeking U.S. unemployment aid barely fell last week, and the reopening of small businesses has leveled off – evidence that the job market’s gains may...

DATE: June 25, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Pandemic pushed hundreds of hospitality workers into unemployment

Dave Woodruff says laying off his employees was one of the hardest things he’s ever done. The general manager of El Moro Bar & Tavern, Woodruff is also serving as a leader in recovery efforts for...

DATE: June 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

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

From oilfields to food banks, New Mexico feels jobless sting

ALBUQUERQUE – New Mexico already was among the most poverty-stricken states in the U.S. before oil prices crashed and the coronavirus outbreak derailed efforts to diversify the economy. Now, more...

DATE: May 13, 2020 | CATEGORY: Business

Nearly 10% of Colorado’s workforce has filed for unemployment

When the gates opened Monday in Colorado, 51,000 self-employed and gig workers and independent contractors rushed the new filing system to claim unemployment benefits. Not all made it through with...

DATE: April 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

PPP provides relief for some small businesses, until the money ran dry

“It was a godsend.” That was Durango Harley-Davidson owner Trevor Bird’s reaction to being funded through the Paycheck Protection Program, the $349 billion loan program put in place by the federal...

DATE: April 17, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Order to shelter in place makes ‘ghost town’ of Telluride

TELLURIDE – A late-winter squall dumps a foot of fresh powder on the Telluride ski area just in time for spring break tourists. Ski and snowboard gear and clothing adorn shop windows. Bicycles are...

DATE: March 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Thousands of seasonal workers told to leave housing in Vail

VAIL – When Vail Resorts early Tuesday announced it was closing its North American ski resorts for the season because of the new coronavirus, hundreds of workers in Eagle and Summit counties also...

DATE: March 18, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional 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

Jefferson County files most of state’s unemployment claims

DENVER – Recent figures show federal workers in Jefferson County, near Denver, have made the most unemployment claims in Colorado since the government shutdown began more than three weeks ago. The...

DATE: Jan. 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Colorado unemployment drops despite weaker than expected hiring

DENVER (AP) – A forecast last December from the University of Colorado Boulder showed Colorado’s unemployment rate was expected to rise from 3.5 percent to 3.9 percent this year. The Denver Post...

DATE: Aug. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

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