NEWS: Tuesday January 25, 2011

Jan 25th @ 10:56 am in News by Scott Staley

Case pushed back. The Montrose woman accused of killing an infant she was babysitting won’t appear back in court until late February after the judge learned that her attorney has yet to receive the child’s autopsy files. The Daily Press says Maria Zavala-Espinosa is charged with first degree murder and fatal child abuse in the October 9, 2010 death of Angel Nieto.

Zavala-Espinosa placed a 911 call the day she was babysitting Angel (October 7th). CPR was performed on the boy and he was then flown to a Denver hospital. He was declared brain-dead and then considered dead on October 9th.
Source: Daily Press (Posted 11:59a)

Colorado Employment Situation, December 2010

Labor Force
Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of one percentage point to 8.8 percent in December, according to Ellen Golombek, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. “Despite the rising unemployment rate, we’ve had over the year wage and salary employment growth in Colorado for the first time in almost two and a half years,” Ms. Golombek said. “And, we’ve added jobs four consecutive months.”

The number of working Coloradans fell 2,000 over the month to 2,431,900. The civilian labor force increased 1,300 to 2,665,200. The number of residents unsuccessfully looking for work increased 3,300 over the month to 233,300. One year ago, total employment was 2,452,700, the civilian labor force was 2,644,600 and the number of unemployed was 191,900. The civilian labor force has increased 20,600 since December 2009.

The unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 32 of Colorado’s 64 counties, decreased in 23, and remained unchanged in nine. The lowest rate was 4.0 percent in Cheyenne County and the highest was 18.5 percent in Dolores County. In December 2009, the unemployment rate increased in 50 counties, decreased in 8 counties and remained unchanged in six. Last year, the lowest rate was 2.6 percent in Cheyenne County and the highest was 16.3 percent in Dolores County.

Area counties Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force (These percentages reflect UNemployment)
Montrose (Micropolitan Statistical Area)
December 2010: 11.2%
November 2010: 10.6%
December 2009: 8.8%

Delta County:
December 2010: 9.7%
November 2010: 9.2%
December 2009: 7.9%

Garfield County:
December 2010: 9.4%
November 2010: 9.1%
December 2009: 7.8%

Gunnison County:
December 2010: 6.2%
November 2010: 7.5%
December 2009: 5.0%

Ouray County:
December 2010: 8.8%
November 2010: 9.0%
December 2009: 7.1%

San Juan County:
December 2010: 15.8%
November 2010: 15.7%
December 2009: 11.0%

San Miguel County:
December 2010: 6.7%
November 2010: 10.5%
December 2009: 5.5%

Grand Junction (Micropolitan Statistical Area):
December 2010: 10.2%
November 2010: 9.8%
December 2009: 9.0%

Wage and Salary Employment
The monthly survey of Colorado business establishments indicates the number of nonfarm wage and salary jobs increased 500 in December to 2,209,400.

Employment increased over the month in three of Colorado’s eleven major industry sectors. Leisure and hospitality increased 2,700; trade, transportation and utilities 1,200; and education and health services 800. Employment declined in government 1,100, manufacturing 900, financial activities 900, construction 500, information 400, other services 300, and mining and logging 100. There was no change in professional and business services.

Nonfarm payroll employment increased 0.2 percent over the year, or 5,100, from the December 2009 level of 2,204,300.

Employment increased in four of Colorado’s eleven major industry sectors over the year. Education and health services increased 9,600, leisure and hospitality 6,200, professional & business services 3,800, and trade, transportation and utilities 1,400. Construction, down 5,700, continues to post the largest decline of all industry sectors. Information declined 3,500, financial activities 3,100, manufacturing 2,800, government 700 and other services 100. There was no change in mining and logging.

National
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the unemployment rate fell four-tenths of one percentage point to 9.4 percent in December, and nonfarm payroll employment increased 103,000. Since December 2009, nonfarm payroll employment has increased by 1,124,000 and private-sector employment has increased by 1,346,000. Employment rose in leisure and hospitality and in health care this month, but was little changed in other major industries.
(Posted 9:56a)