Unemployment

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

Companies need workers – but people keep getting high

Workers at McLane drive forklifts and load hefty boxes into trucks. The grocery supplier, which runs a warehouse in Colorado, needs people who will stay alert – but prospective hires keep failing...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Active drilling rigs absent from San Juan Basin

Natural gas production may slide in La Plata County this year, and the negative impact of low prices could continue to ripple through the economy and county government. There are no active drilling...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Western coal mines scaling operations back, shutting down

By the dim light of a headlamp, miners peer down avenues speckled with lights that make coal seam tunnels look more like urban streets. A close-knit community has developed around an industry that...

DATE: July 16, 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

Houston energy company to close Durango office

A layoff and reconfiguration is sweeping M3 Midstream, which after 11 years in operation is closing its Durango offices because of a crippling downturn in the oil and gas industry. M3 Midstream,...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado lawmakers have flexibility with spending

DENVER – Colorado lawmakers have $159 million in flexibility to address gaps in K-12 education funding, according to state economists, who presented the year-end revenue forecast to budget writers...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2015 | 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

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