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continue to grow as new stores, such as American
Furniture Warehouse, and returning stores, like
Joann’s Fabrics, are slated to open in late 2011. Employment
The Grand Junction area labor force is still declining, from 86,122 in April 2009 to 77,432 in 2011, a
loss of 10%. Mesa County continued to see a drop
in the unemployment rate over the course of 2011.
The highest level of unemployment, 11.9%, was in
January 2011. The county’s unemployment rate is
still higher than the state’s. Wages
While average wages fell 1.2% from 2009 to 2010
in Mesa County, average wages rose 3.4% yearover-year in Q1 2011, which is positive news for
the community. This is the third-consecutive yearover-year increase in the county.
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The real GDP numbers released by the Bureau of
Economic Analysis for 2010 show a decrease for
Mesa County of 3.3% year-over-year and 9.3%
from 2008. Mining was one of the few...
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