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9:12am

Sat May 17, 2014
Business

Job Gains In Colorado Highest Since 2011

A large portion of Colorado's job growth is connected to leisure and hospitality.
Credit Nick Dawson / Flickr - Creative Commons

Colorado added nearly 14,000 payroll jobs in April, marking the largest spike of monthly employment since 2011. It’s not just job availability either, Coloradans are working less and getting paid more, according to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

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2:56pm

Tue May 13, 2014
Business

One Program Behind Colorado’s High Refugee Employment Rate

Mentors and protégés in the CFaSST program pose at the Gala For the Public Good.
Maxwell Gleicher University of Denver

For the 70,000 refugees who resettle in the United States every year, one of the most important transitions comes when launching a successful and productive career. Across the West, refugee employment entered rates range from a low of 23 percent in California to a high of 77 percent in Idaho and 72 percent in Colorado.

A unique partnership between the Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management at the University of Denver and the African Community Center is playing an increasingly important role toward that high success rate.

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1:26am

Tue April 22, 2014
The Salt

Fields And Farm Jobs Dry Up With California's Worsening Drought

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 4:47 pm

Recent rains kept Suzanne and Mike Collins' orange grove alive, but the rainy season is ending. If they don't get federal irrigation water by this summer, their trees will start dying.
Kirk Siegler/NPR

On a recent afternoon on the main drag of Orange Cove, Calif., about a dozen farm workers gather on the sidewalk in front of a mini-mart.

One man sits on a milk crate sipping a beer. A few others scratch some lotto tickets. Salvador Perez paces back and forth with his hands stuffed in the pockets of his jeans.

If there is no water, there's no work, he says in Spanish.

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2:17pm

Fri April 4, 2014
Economy

Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:11 pm

Josie Maisano poses with her congressman, Democrat Sander Levin of Michigan. Levin says if Congress can't respond to people like Maisano, "we've failed."
Tamara Keith NPR

There's a small frame hanging on the wall near the computer Josie Maisano uses to search for work. Inside there's a picture of her at this year's State of the Union address and a blue ribbon that Democrats wore that night to highlight the plight of people like Maisano, whose unemployment benefits stopped at the end of December.

"Oh, my God. It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience," says Maisano. "Listening to President Obama, it was just very, very heartwarming."

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7:30am

Sat March 29, 2014
Employment

More Jobs Added In Colorado Despite Stagnant Unemployment

Colorado economists expect job numbers to continue to rise for the rest of 2014.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr - Creative Commons

Even with a consistent unemployment rate, nonfarm payroll jobs in Colorado increased by 6,200 between the months of January and February. It’s not just more job opportunities. Employers are paying more.

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