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Old 08-25-2011, 10:01 AM
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The Durango Herald 08/25/2011 | County job growth fastest in state

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Old 08-25-2011, 08:18 PM
Location: Durango, CO
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It's going to be real hard to spin this in a negative light, not that some won't try.
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Old 08-25-2011, 09:54 PM
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I wonder how much of the labor force there is teleworking for companies located elsewhere. I imagine that would account for stronger employment in a lot of more desirable places.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:17 PM
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It's going to be real hard to spin this in a negative light, not that some won't try.
Yeah, I'll rise to the bait. Another half-baked study with little underlying explanations--it sounds like a propaganda sound bite. Note that it does not mention whether people are employed full-time or part-time, nor does it mention how many people are underemployed (in Durango, that's a lot). Of course, it also says nothing about the typical prevailing wages compared to local incomes. The study is also silent on workforce turnover--the number of people who live in Durango for awhile, go broke, and are replaced by another greater fool. Most of all, it makes no prognostications if such "rosy" employment numbers are sustainable--my studied opinion is that they are not. Admittedly, Durango avoided the effects of the national recession/depression longer than most places. To long-time Coloradans, that should be no surprise. Typically, Colorado lags the rest of the nation in entering a recession. It also will quite frequently lag the nation in emerging from one--especially in areas outside of the Front Range.

One more "anecdotal" thing from me that people on this forum love to hate: Southern Colorado dodged an economic bullet this summer in the summer tourism numbers thanks only to the blistering heat and drought in Texas and the Southern Plains. A whole lot of people from that region spent money they otherwise would not have to escape that oven by coming to southern Colorado. It's a classic case of one area capitalizing on another area's misfortune. It saved a lot of southern Colorado tourist businesses from catastrophe this summer, but it is hardly a circumstance upon which to base one's long-term economic survival. And, if the strong La Niña forecast holds for this winter, it may be a crappy snow year in southern Colorado--so much for a great ski season to save the local economy's a** one more time if that happens.
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:33 PM
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up then, down recently.

The Durango Herald 07/21/2012 | June swoon: Jobless rates up in state, county
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