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Lyon Drug Store employee Hayley Sugarman marks bags in the downtown Steamboat Springs store Thursday morning. Yampa Valley Partners says unemployment stress, which uses different factors than usual unemployment percentages, is easing in Routt and Moffat counties. Second quarter retail sales also are expected to be up.

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Report: Jobless stress easing in Routt County

Yampa Valley Partners says workforce to jobs ratio improving

Retail sales through June are projected to be slightly better than the second quarter of 2010, and stress related to unemployment is decreasing in Northwest Colorado, according to a regional economic forecast.

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