Routt unemployment at 9.8 percent in November

Number is an increase from 9.3 percent in October


— Unemployment in Routt County was 9.8 percent in November, according to figures released today by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. That’s an increase from 9.3 percent in October and 7.1 percent in November 2009.

Those figures are not adjusted for typical seasonal changes.

Routt’s numbers for November represent a continued decrease in the size of the labor force and in jobs. Last month, 1,326 people were unemployed out of a work force of 13,583. In November 2009, 994 people were unemployed out of a work force of 13,992.

There were 742 fewer jobs year over year. Routt County had 12,999 jobs in November 2009, according to the state figures, compared with 12,257 in November 2010.

Statewide, the unemployment rate increased 0.2 percentage points from October to November. That number was 8.6 percent and is adjusted for typical seasonal changes.

Employment increased over October in four industries in Colorado, according to a news release: professional and business services were up 2,400; leisure and hospitality were up 2,300; education and health services were up 1,200; and construction was up 1,000. Employment decreased in trade, transportation and utilities; manufacturing; financial activities; government; information and other services. Mining and logging were unchanged, the state reported.

Colorado’s lowest unemployment rate for November was 3.9 percent, reported in Cheyenne County, east of Colorado Springs on the Kansas border. The highest rate was 15.8 percent, reported in Dolores County, in southwest Colorado on the Utah border.


Leslie Faulkner 6 years, 2 months ago

When the cost of a ski pass (or a head of lettuce for that matter) is equal to Vail and Aspen, the average wage just a few bucks more than it was 20 years ago and landlords willing to let their properties sit empty instead of lowering the price, it's time to ask yourself if Ski Town USA is all that it's cracked up to be. And when City Council stops concentrating on convenient foot tunnels to the rec center, fighting the CMC project and spending our money on pretty covered bus stops for the tourists in this horrible economy instead of putting 100 percent of their effort into attracting business to create jobs; only then will I consider staying!


pitpoodle 6 years, 2 months ago

Once again I ask: How's that stimulus plan working working for ya? Do not say it is great and working just fine - & do not say it is working just the way it should. It is pie in the sky.


kyle pietras 6 years, 2 months ago

Those bus stops where work for at least three local businesses. It's stimulus creating work for our locals. Better that nothing! Think a little more positive.


trump_suit 6 years, 2 months ago

pitpoodle, know anyone that works for Rogue Resources? Ask them how many hours they worked last year removing trees..... Pretty direct income from the "stimulus" many of them would be in the unemployment line without those contracts. Just one direct example that I am aware of.

"No, I do not work for Rogue, or have anything to do with their business"


Scott Wedel 6 years, 2 months ago

Thank you Blythe for a well written article. You covered the important data and not just the headline percentage number.

Those bus stops are a nice addition to the local infrastructure. They make it nicer to ride the bus in poor weather and will last for years. Makes more sense to add them when the economy is bad than to pay top dollar to build them when the economy is booming.

pitpoodle, so should everyone else just mindlessly repeat their posts to previous unemployment article?


kathy foos 6 years, 2 months ago

Alot of the stimulas money went to bail out the Europe's Banks in the trillion catagory,according to the national news last week. Thanks for the in-depth coverage of the county unemployment situation Pilot.This information is needed to correct employment situations in our area.It is a way for the resort industry to see that they dont need to bring in all of those workers from where ever they come from.This is important for the survival of the working class in our county and the many unemployed.I know there are more unemployed workers than this story revealed.Lots of kids out of high school that have never had a good job yet,also people that dont HAVE to work to survive but would work for more income if they could find a job.


Fred Duckels 6 years, 2 months ago

In the past I have found job seekers applying year around. In the last year, very few even fill out an application. Unemployment is generous and no one seems motivated to better their lot in life. I always have openings for good workers, but our entitlement society is certainly helping to water down our genes. I have an opinion that seldom is a good worker unemployed for long.


sledneck 6 years, 2 months ago

You are, of course, exactly right Fred.

Not all, but many unemployed people today can't find a job for the same reason a bank robber can't find a cop!


kathy foos 6 years, 2 months ago

You know Fred as a job seeker myself all year,I take offense that you think many are not good employees that arent working now!What a stupid statement!You never even had an add for help as I watched since June for all jobs and I applied for all that I was able to.I would have applied for a laborer position,you never offered one in the paper. Ill bet Im a better worker than you anyday,want to try a challenge?You dont even get out there yourself,just send others,now you bad mouth those looking for a job.Blame the ski area for the unemployment being paid out,they prefer visa workersThey used to hire people like me.It would be funny to see you get a job yourself nowdays without your company to fall back on.


Neil O'Keeffe 6 years, 2 months ago

My sentiments exactly Sun. Get your head out of your *** Fred!


JustSomeJoe 6 years, 2 months ago

Fred - unemployment is generous? $380 max a month is generous? What part of a budget do you think that covers? I don't think your head is where rokboat says it is, but it is certainly wrapped up in your partisan talking points.


dave fisher 6 years, 2 months ago

Fred is reknowned for making a lot of stupid statements...

how's that government grant money working for ya, Fred? are you warming up to Big Brother's generosity and kindness yet? the taxpaying People of OC would like to know.


pitpoodle 6 years, 2 months ago

Uh, Scott W. Just want to bring to your attention that the last posts were addressed to a 9.2% unemployment rate in Routt. And all was going just great -- according to posters. It's now 9.8%. The stimulus has not created jobs as promised, it is still not working no matter how many ridiculous pie in the sky posts are listed.


JLM 6 years, 2 months ago

While 9.8% is bad enough on the face of things, it is really not a true reflection of how bad things truly are.

Know that the wizards who are our government assume that when a person has blown through all of their unemployment benefits, they are considered to be "no longer looking for work".

While they simultaneously completely disregard recent high school and college grads as they are not technically "unemployed" since they did not have a job before graduating. Sheer nonsense.

In addition, the statistics turn a blind eye to the reality of a person seeking full time employment who is now employed only one or two days a week working part time while looking for full time work.

It is not difficult to expand the reported numbers of 9.8% to something along the lines of 20% if the question were really posed --- how many Americans are looking for a job?

Know that 1 in 5 of our countrymen are looking for work at a time when the Stimulus --- the accumulation of every liberal unfunded pipe dream in recent history --- did not work and Wall Street will pay the highest bonuses in its history this year.

How's that hope and change working out for us?


Leslie Faulkner 6 years, 1 month ago

Professional, educated people are lining up for just-above-minimum-wage jobs in Routt County right now. 1000 calls a month for food stamps, minimum building permits and the highest foreclosure rate since the early 80s. This is Steamboat today. Moffat County is fairing much better. If you have a job you are probably very, very good at what you do or you better be. If you are unemployed, you couldn't buy a job in Steamboat right now. Just look at the classifieds help wanted section in the newspaper which kind of says it all--2 columns of mostly low paying jobs posted compared to 8 years ago when there were 2 or 3 pages worth. The saddest thing to me is how long it took our city to address the issue of the economy, attracting business and creating jobs when the public and businesses were crying for their support in council meetings and wanting to voice their opinions 2 years ago. The city meets January 13th to brainstorm. By then how many more will have moved on?


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