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Colorado has recovered 98% of jobs lost in pandemic, as unemployment rate drops to 4.1%

Colorado’s economic recovery is going better than expected state labor officials said Monday, reporting that 98% of jobs lost when COVID struck have returned.  However, January’s 4.1% unemployment rate, the lowest since the pandemic began, is still higher than the 2.8% in February 2020, the month before the first COVID-19 cases in Colorado were confirmed. […]

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Opinion: The technology, and workforce, for clean energy already are in place. Now it’s time to invest

The gears of Washington are beginning to turn and Congress finally is poised to address some of our country’s most pressing challenges: stimulating the economy, rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, and investing in clean technology to help address climate change. There’s one industry that can help the country do all three: advanced energy. Advanced energy […]

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Opinion: Colorado’s aggressive clean-energy policy will grow the economy

Colorado has a lot to be proud of when it comes to protecting our environment and leading in the fight against the climate crisis. This is a state that has set aggressive 2050 emissions targets, established nation-leading methane regulations, and just recently passed vital legislation including one of the nation’s most significant investments ever in […]

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Opinion: Jared Polis’ COVID-19 business restrictions have caused needless harm to Colorado’s economy

Gov. Jared Polis has expressed little regret about his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve done better than many other states,” Polis argued in a press conference earlier this month. “Our death rate is significantly lower than the national average,” he said. “Our economy is building back faster, we were one of the first […]

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Colorado’s fiscal future looks brighter. Now lawmakers must decide how to spend the unexpected windfall.

The dark clouds shadowing Colorado’s fiscal situation are giving way to a brighter economic outlook, according to a pair of forecasts presented Friday to state lawmakers. The arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine, an increase in job creation and a higher online sales are boosting the state’s economy, but it’s not universal. The latest numbers show […]