The Westfield Valley Fair Mall straddles two cities. One side of the mall is in Santa Clara, but walk a few feet down the mall, and you're in San Jose. In 2012, San Jose voters agreed to raise the city's minimum wage from $8 to $10 an hour.
Philip Sandigo manages a shoe store on the $8-an-hour side. When San Jose raised the minimum wage, he lost about half his staff.
They went to the stores on the side of the mall that paid $2 an hour more.
As Colorado’s population steadily rises, many are quick to sport their “native” bumper stickers. The older the Subaru and rattier the bumper sticker, the better the bragging rights. It turns out though that Colorado is one of the most diverse when it comes to domestic migration.
Farming and ranching have always been the biggest industries in North Dakota. But now, oil has knocked agriculture from the top spot. Mining – which includes oil – is now worth $8.5 billion dollars in the state. Agriculture is closer to 7 billion.
It’s a milestone for a state that had hardly any oil production 10 years ago, and the change has created some tension.
An incline in job growth in Colorado is expected over the next four to six months.
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Based on the number of new business filings in Colorado for the second quarter of 2014, employment numbers are expected to moderately grow through the remainder of the year. The positive forecast isn’t just based on new companies starting up here, but on year-over-year improvements in existing business renewals, trademarks and trade names that indicate more jobs are on the way.