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Colorado business filings signal job gains

Employment is expected to continue to grow in Colorado through 2017 based on the latest analysis of business filings in the state. “New entity filing continued an upward trajectory, which is good news for our state,” said Wayne Williams, secretary of state. The Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado at Boulder prepares […]

Jump in leading index portends U.S. growth

A monthly index forecasting economic conditions in the United States has increased, signaling growth in the months ahead. The Conference Board reported that its Leading Economic Index (LEI) advanced six-tenths of a percent to 127.8 in June. Separate measures of current and past economic performance both rose two-tenths of a percent. “The U.S. LEI rose […]

Index: Small business optimism slips

A monthly measure of confidence among small business owners has slipped on less upbeat expectations for the economy as well as sales and hiring. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Small Business Optimism Index fell nine-tenths of a point to 103.6 in June. “The index remains at a historically high level, but […]

Survey: West Slope employers expect smaller wage increases

Phil Castle, The Business Times Western Colorado employers expect to increase wages proportionally less than employers in other areas of the state, according to the latest results of an annual compensation survey. West Slope employers responding to a survey conducted by the Mountain States Employers Council projected an average pay increase of 2.4 percent for […]

Small business confidence remains at high level

A monthly index tracking optimism among small business owners remains unchanged, but at an historically high level. The National Federation of Independent Business reported its Index of Small Business Optimism held steady at 104.5 for May. “The remarkable surge in optimism that began last year right after the election shows no signs of slowing down,” […]

Pace of Mesa County real estate sales at six-year high

Phil Castle, The Business Times The pace of real estate activity in Mesa County accelerated in May to its highest level in more than six years with gains in sales, dollar volume and median pricing. “It’s wonderfully surprising,” said Robert Bray, chief executive officer of Bray Real Estate in Grand Junction. Annette Miller, senior vice […]

Confidence index slips, but still reflects expectations for growth

A measure of consumer confidence has dropped for a second straight month, but still reflects optimism the United States economy will continue to grow. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index dropped 1.5 points to 117.9 in May. The index has retreated 5.8 points from what in March was its highest reading since […]

U.S. labor report: jobs up, jobless rate down

Employment continues to slowly increase in the United States even as the unemployment rate has decreased to its lowest level in 16 years. According to Labor Department estimates for May, nonfarm payrolls grew 138,000 and the jobless rate slipped a tenth of a point to 4.3 percent. Initial estimates for payroll gains were revised downward […]

Leading index signals growth ahead in U.S.

A monthly index forecasting economic conditions in the United States continues to signal growth in the months ahead. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index rose three-tenths of a percent to 126.9 in April. Separate measures of current and past economic performance also increased. “The recent trend in the U.S. LEI, led by the positive outlook […]

Increased tax collections bolster outlook for remainder of year

Phil Castle, The Business Times Year-over-year increases in tax collections have local government officials more optimistic about a key economic indicator and source of revenue. “I think some things are working to our favor,” said Jodi Romero, financial operations director for the City of Grand Junction. Eleanor Thomas, Mesa County budget manager, agreed. “I hope […]

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