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NEWS
10:31 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Higher Wages, Lower Prices Give Consumers A Break

A sharp drop in gasoline prices led the consumer price index to fall in January. The CPI posted its first year-over-year drop since 2009.
Rich Pedroncelli AP

Originally published on Mon March 2, 2015 11:54 am

Economists usually worry about a "wage-price spiral" taking hold. That's when workers are earning more, but losing buying power as prices rise.

For now, at least, something very rare is happening: Paychecks and prices are heading in opposite directions.

"You have a schism that's helpful to consumers," IHS economist Doug Handler said about the recent decline in prices and rise in wages.

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NEWS
3:56 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Map: The Most Common* Job In Every State

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu February 5, 2015 3:20 pm

*We used data from the Census Bureau, which has two catch-all categories: "managers not elsewhere classified" and "salespersons not elsewhere classified." Because those categories are broad and vague to the point of meaninglessness, we excluded them from our map.

What's with all the truck drivers? Truck drivers dominate the map for a few reasons.

  • Driving a truck has been immune to two of the biggest trends affecting U.S. jobs: globalization and automation. A worker in China can't drive a truck in Ohio, and machines can't drive cars (yet).
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ECONOMY
12:59 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Where Wages Are Rising (And Falling), In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu December 4, 2014 1:23 pm

Job growth has been strong and steady over the past year. Wages, not so much: Average pay for U.S. workers barely kept up with inflation. But there was a fair bit of variation across different sectors. Here's a look. (In the graph, the size of the circle indicates the total number of jobs in each sector.)

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NEWS
11:01 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Study Looks At Money From Oil And Gas

Distribution of oil and gas wells on Western Slope.
Credit University of Colorado Boulder

There’s a recent study out of University of Colorado Boulder. 

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NEWS
11:15 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Gov. Hickenlooper Talks Economy On Western Slope

Governor John Hickenlooper during a tour of DIP in Delta
Credit Jake Ryan

Over the weekend, Governor John Hickenlooper visited several businesses on the Western Slope.  In Delta County he toured business that received REDI grants.  The Rural Economic Development Initiative gives out grants to rural businesses that are looking to expand. 

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NEWS
5:21 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Colorado's Unemployment Rate Down, Labor Force Increases

Credit flickr.com/kylemay

Colorado's economy is doing better.

Numbers released Monday show the state's unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in July. The last time it was this low was Oct. 2008. 

The national unemployment rate for June was 6.2 percent. 

In Colorado nonfarm payroll jobs increased 5,500. Private sector jobs increased 6,000 while government jobs decreased 500. The state has had 33 consecutive months of payroll job gains.

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POLITICS
3:14 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Tapia Campaigns In The North Fork, Talks Jobs

Democrat Abel Tapia is running for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Democrat Abel Tapia is challenging Republican Congressman Scott Tipton for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District seat. The 3rd District covers most of Western Colorado. Tapia campaigned in the North Fork Valley Friday evening. KVNF's Laura Palmisano interviewed Tapia at a voter meet-and-greet in Paonia.

Interview Transcript 

PALMISANO: The Western Slope is typically very red. What do you think your chances are running against a Republican in this district?

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ENTERTAINMENT
10:34 am
Mon August 4, 2014

9 To 5 Not For You? Try T. Rex Puppetry Or Aquatic Mail Delivery

Ethan Larson, a diver at a Denver restaurant, hopes to eventually dive professionally for a cruise ship.
Corey H. Jones Colorado Public Radio

Originally published on Wed August 6, 2014 4:08 am

There are countless ways to make a living in America, and for many people, typing at a desk or working retail just isn't the right fit. All summer, NPR has been meeting young people who have landed jobs with some wacky job descriptions.


The Aquatic Mailman

Leaping from boat to mailbox in a single bound

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NEWS
5:50 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

More Layoffs As Coal Mine All But Shuttered

Mike Ludlow, Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations, points to where managers hope to start coal mining at Elk Creek Mine with a new or rebuilt longwall miner. Those plans are on hold while Oxbow Mining tries to line up that equipment.
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

More coal miners in the North Fork Valley are being laid off. Oxbow Mining company, owned by billionaire Bill Koch, laid off more than a hundred more employees on Monday at its Elk Creek mine.

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NEWS
10:49 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Major Layoffs at Oxbow Coal Mine

Elk Creek Mine in Somerset, Colorado
Credit Elise Thatcher/Aspen Public Radio

Two weeks ago, the coal mine near Paonia owned by billionaire Bill Koch laid off more than half of its employees. The Koch owned Oxbow Mining company hopes to expand operations again in the future and rehire some of the workers.  In the meantime the layoffs are creating hardships for a number of communities.

“It’s very sad time around the mine, you know to lose your income and lose your job is real traumatic, so it’s very painful decision for us," says Mike Ludlow, the Executive Vice President of Oxbow’s mining operations.

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