Jobs up, jobless rate down as U.S. labor market rebounds

Payrolls swelled and the unemployment rate dropped in June as more businesses shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic reopened and more employees returned to work. Nonfarm payrolls grew 4.8 million and the jobless rate fell 2.2 points to 11.1 percent, according to the latest Labor Department estimates. The initial estimate for job gains in May was […]

Survey: Colorado business leaders more upbeat, but also wary

Expecting the economy to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic, Colorado business leaders are more upbeat heading into the third quarter, according to the latest survey results. Business leaders remain pessimistic overall, though, especially when it comes to spending and hiring. “Business leaders are telling us they are optimistic the COVID-19 economic bounce back will occur […]

ProStar receives extension on Jump-Start tax incentives

A Grand Junction-based company has received a four-year extension under a state program offering tax incentives for creating jobs. ProStar is the first company in the state to complete a four-year term and receive an extension under the Colorado Rural Jump-Start Program. “Receiving the extension is of great significance as Jump-Start has been a major […]

Consumer Confidence Index rebounds

A measure of consumer confidence has rebounded on more upbeat assessments of business and labor conditions, but doesn’t yet signal a return to spending levels before the coronavirus pandemic. The Conference Board reported its Consumer Confidence Index rose 12.2 points to 98.1 in June. Components of the index based on current conditions and short-term expectations […]

Mesa County to receive $3.7 million PILT payment

Mesa County will receive more than $3.7 million in the latest payment in lieu of taxes on federal lands in the county. The payment is the single largest to a Colorado county out of more than $41.7 million in so-called PILT payments for the 2020 fiscal year. Nationwide, the Department of Interior will distribute a […]

Better regulatory process in everyone’s best interest

While people generally understand the considerable collection of laws that govern us as a society, the ever larger web of regulations intended to enforce these laws remain a mystery. But since regulations are essentially the muscle behind America’s laws, they’re central to supporting and protecting our economy, environment and overall welfare. In light of the […]

Bicycle companies relocate to Grand Junction

Two bicycle companies have relocated to Grand Junction. “The area goes well with my companies. There’s a great outdoor economy, and there are lots of biker here,” said Braden Kappius. Kappius operates Kappius Components and Broken Carbon. Kappius Components designs, manufactures and sells bicycle hubs, rims, wheels and accessories. Broken Carbon repairs carbon fiber bicycles. […]

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