NEWS: Thursday March 11, 2010

Mar 11th @ 6:41 am in News by Scott Staley

A Delta County School board member has given up his seat due to health reasons. The Delta County Independent says Chad Campbell of Paonia was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2001. Since taking a seat on the board in November, Campbell says his health has been deteriorating.  The board will appoint a replacement within the next 60 days.
Source: Delta County Independent (Posted 5:35a)

Some lanes should be reopened by the end of today along I-70 after workers blasted a huge boulder threatening to tumble down a cliff. The boulder was blasted just before nightfall, but darkness prevented crews from clearing debris. A 17-mile stretch of I-70 has been closed since Monday because of a rock slide.
(Photo courtesy of CDOT)
Source: Press Release   (Posted 5:38a)

The identity of a 20-year-old backcountry snowboarder who died in an avalanche near Loveland Pass is expected to be released today. KJCT says the slide happened at about 3 p.m. Wednesday, about a mile west of Arapahoe Basin ski area. Two other snowboarders who were behind and above the man survived the avalanche. The unnamed man was an employee at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
Source: KJCT/AP   (Posted 5:39a)

Colorado Labor Force Development-January 2010
Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rate:
Montrose Micropolitan Statistical Area: Jan 10=10.3% (Dec 09=8.8%, Jan 09=8.5%)
Delta: Jan 10=9.1% (Dec 09=7.9%, Jan 09=7.1%)
Ouray: Jan 10=8.1% (Dec 09=7.1%, Jan 09=5.6%)
Gunnison: Jan 10=5.9% (Dec 09=5.0%, Jan 09=5.3%)
Grand Junction Micropolitan Statistical Area: Jan 10=10.2% (Dec 09=9.0%, Jan 09=6.5%)
Labor Force
Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.4 percent in January from the revised December 2009 rate of 7.3 percent according to Donald J. Mares, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “While the unemployment rate may be volatile throughout 2010 as Coloradans reenter the labor force, we expect to see the job market strengthen,” noted Mares. Last January the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

The number of working Coloradans declined 4,700 over the month to 2,448,000 out of a civilian labor force of 2,643,700. The number of residents unsuccessfully looking for work increased 3,800 over the month to 195,700. Last January, total employment was 2,547,500, the civilian labor force was 2,731,400 and the number of unemployed was 183,900. Total employment has declined 99,500 since January 2009.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 60 of Colorado’s 64 counties, declined in two and remained unchanged in two. The lowest rate was 3.3 percent in Cheyenne County and the highest was 18.1 percent in Dolores County. In January 2009, the unemployment rate increased in 63 counties and declined in one. Last year, the lowest rate was 3.1 percent in Cheyenne and Yuma Counties and the highest was 12.0 percent in Dolores County.

Wage and Salary Employment
The monthly survey of Colorado business establishments indicates the number of nonfarm wage and salary jobs increased 1,800 in January to 2,206,100.

Employment increased in four of Colorado’s eleven major industry sectors over the month. Trade, transportation, and utilities added 3,700 jobs, leisure and hospitality increased 2,200, financial activities added 1,500, and manufacturing 300. Education and health services declined 1,800, concentrated primarily in the health care and social assistance sector. Construction and professional and business services declined 1,200 each. Government decreased 900 as Census-related gains at the federal level were offset by losses at the state and local level, mining and logging declined 400, while other services and information were down 200 each.

Nonfarm payroll employment decreased over the year by 4.5 percent, or 104,300, from the January 2009 level of 2,310,400.

Employment in one of Colorado’s eleven major industry sectors increased over the year. Education and health services added 2,200 jobs. The remaining ten industry sectors all declined over the year. Employment in construction decreased 33,200, a reduction in jobs of over 22 percent from January 2009, manufacturing declined 11,200 and mining and logging lost 5,800 jobs. Professional and business services and trade, transportation and utilities declined 20,900 and 18,200, respectively. Other losses included leisure and hospitality (5,800), financial activities (5,300), information (4,100), other services (1,300), and government (700).

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the nation’s unemployment rate declined three-tenths of one percentage point to 9.7 percent in January. Nonfarm payroll employment was essentially unchanged, down 20,000, in January and has declined by 8.4 million since the recession began in December 2007. In January, employment declined in construction and transportation and warehousing, while temporary help services and retail trade employment increased.
Source: Press Release (Posted 5:40a)