While the nation continues to struggle with high unemployment numbers, there’s a bit of good news for Colorado.
The number of people finding work in nine of Colorado’s largest counties rose between December of 2009 and December of last year. That’s according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, 5 of those counties had growth rates that exceeded the national average of 0.9%. Weld County led the way with a 2.9% gain.
Colorado teens looking for jobs will see a tough job market this year, but initial numbers released by the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas are showing a positive start. Employment of 16- to 19-year olds grew by 71,000 in May nationwide, a “vast improvement” from the previous year.
This week, the U.S. Department of Labor announced more than $9 million in job training grants for veterans, including those in Colorado. The money comes at a time when Afghanistan and Iraq veterans are struggling to find work.