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Colorado business filings signal moderate job growth ahead

Business filings in Colorado decreased from the first to the second quarters, but remain higher than a year ago and continue to signal job growth in the state. A total of 28,074 new businesses registered with the secretary of state’s office during the second quarter. That’s a 5.4 percent decrease from the first quarter, but […]

Index: Small businesses in “maintenance mode”

A monthly measure of confidence among small business owners has edged up, but continues to reflect what one economist described as “maintenance mode” for the sector. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Small Business Optimism Index inched up a tenth of a point in July. But at 94.6, the index remains below […]

Index: Consumers “cautiously optimistic”

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has edged down on less upbeat expectations for business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported its Consumer Confidence Index slipped a tenth of a point to 97.3 for July. While consumers were more optimistic about current conditions, they were more cautious about what could be in store in […]

Mesa County jobless rate takes a dip

Phil Castle, The Business Times The unemployment rate has retreated in Mesa County as hiring picks up for the summer. Moreover, the overall labor force in the county has increased even as claims for unemployment insurance has decreased. “I think this is encouraging,” said Celina Kirnberger, business services supervisor at the Mesa County Workforce Center […]

Mesa County jobless rate holds steady

Phil Castle, The Business Times Even as unemployment in Mesa County holds steady at its highest level of the year, slight changes in the labor force and unemployment claims offer a measure of hope of improving conditions. “It’s somewhat encouraging,” said Celina Kirnberger, business services supervisor at the Mesa County Workforce Center in Grand Junction. […]

Survey: Business owners cautions in midst of presidential election

Small business owners remain cautious about the coming year even as they feel their concerns remain unaddressed in the midst of a presidential election, according to the latest results of a quarterly survey. The Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index retreated three points to 64 for the second quarter, matching the level a year ago. “During […]

Small business index moves higher, but still reflects concerns

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners has increased, but still reflects concerns over the economy and difficulty filling job openings. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Small Business Optimism Index rose a point to 93.6 in April. The index remains below its historical average of 98, though. “Despite a […]

Index: Consumer expectations not so great

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has dropped on less upbeat expectations for improving business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index retreated 1.9 points to 94.2 in April. A component of the index tracking consumer assessments of current conditions increased. But another component of the index tracking short-term expectations […]

Small Business Optimism Index at two-year low

A monthly measure of optimism among small business owners remains at its lowest level in two years on less upbeat expectations for earnings, inventories and hiring. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its Small Business Optimism Index fell three-tenths of a point to 92.6 in March to retreat farther below its historical average […]

Consumer Confidence Index rebounds

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has rebounded on more slightly upbeat expectations for business and labor conditions. The Conference Board reported that its Consumer Confidence Index climbed 2.2 points to 96.2 in March. Still, the gain doesn’t fully offset a decline the month before. “Consumers’ assessments of current conditions posted a moderate decline, while […]

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