Labor department estimate: U.S. payrolls contracted 701,000 in March

Nonfarm payrolls contracted 701,000 in the United States in March as the coronavirus outbreak affected restaurants, retailers and other businesses. The unemployment rate rose to 4.4 percent, a nine-tenths of a point increase that tied for the largest one-month gain since 1975. While the latest Labor Department estimates accounted for some of the effects of […]

Despite school closures, foster grandparents will receive stipends

Phil Castle, The Business Times Barbara Reynolds misses interacting with students at Nisley Elementary School in Grand Junction and time spent reading and offering encouragement to them. Reynolds remains grateful she won’t miss the stipend she receives for her work with the Foster Grandparent Program operated in Mesa County by St. Mary’s Medical Center. “It’ll […]

Consumer confidence shaken by coronavirus fears

A monthly measure of consumer confidence has dropped on less upbeat expectations for business and labor conditions in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. The intensity of the outbreak and volatility in financial markets has made business and labor prospects less certain, said Lynn Franco, senior director of economic indicators for the Conference Board. “March’s […]

Mesa County soars in ranking of top-performing areas

Mesa County climbed another 50 spots in the latest comparison of how small metropolitan areas fare for growth in jobs, wages and high-tech output. Mesa County ranked 81st in the Milken Institute Best-Performing Cities Index for 2020, up from 131st in the 2018 ranking. The gain was the 13th largest among all metro areas evaluated […]

Colorado business confidence index tumbles to record low

Phil Castle, The Business Times A measure of confidence among Colorado business leaders has tumbled to its lowest level ever as concerns over the coronavirus outbreak mount. “We expected this was going to be bad. It was particularly dismal,” said Brian Lewandowski, executive director of the research division of the Leeds School of Business at […]

Montrose funeral home operators face charges

The operators of a Montrose funeral home faces charges they illegally sold bodies and body parts without the consent of the families of the deceased. Megan Hess and her mother, Shirley Koch, operators of the Sunset Mesa Funeral Home were arrested. They appeared before a U.S. magistrate in Grand Junction, where they were advised of […]

Mind Springs Health continues operations in midst of outbreak

A regional mental health and addiction services provider continues to operate its psychiatric hospital in Grand Junction as well as outpatient offices despite the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. The West Springs Hospital remains open for in-patient care, while Mind Springs Health offices offer services through video and telephone connections. Michelle Hoy, executive vice president […]

School District 51 health care options expand

Employees who receive their health insurance through Mesa County School District 51 have choices that include benefit plans offered by Community Hospital and Monument Health. Tawny Espinoza, vice president of business development for Community Hospital, said participants in the School District 51 Community Health Partnership will enjoy the same benefits they’ve had for the past […]

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