A sign of improving times

Business owners and managers in the Grand Valley long have been on the lookout for signs of an improving economy, an indication that what has been a stubbornly slow recovery has finally accelerated.

Increasing tax collections, real estate sales and home construction activity have offered encouragement. But the most encouraging sign of all could be a marked decrease — in the unemployment rate in Mesa County, that is.

According to the latest estimates from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the seasonally unadjusted jobless rate in the country dropped
six-tenths of a point to just 3 percent in August. That’s the lowest level since October 2007.

Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa Count Workforce Center in Grand Junction, considers the lower unemployment rate a reflection of an improving economy in which employers are more confident to fill positions as well as increase staff for expanding operations.

Here’s hoping the times indeed are changing for the better and bring prosperity to the area.