When child care is a patchwork of providers, child development suffers and costly labor churn increases. Parents need a reliable schedule.
What’s Working: When Colorado’s tight labor market met the state’s housing affordability issue
So many job openings, so few “affordable” houses for sale. Colorado Realtors met to discuss. Plus: Workers aren’t “on the couch,” labor demographics are changing, more!
Colorado may end the ultimate age-discriminating work question: How old are you?
It’s legal to ask job applicants their age, high school graduation date or birth date. Senate Bill 58 would put an end to answering those awkward questions.
What’s Working: Colorado sees decline in labor force but job numbers are still better than U.S.
Unemployment rate drops to 3.5% but state sees decline in workforce. Plus: Are there still good jobs out there? Readers and employers respond.
What’s Working: Colorado didn’t hit a record-high labor force in 2021 after all
Data, statistics and revisions. Constant revisions. Earlier this week we learned that because data has been revised, Colorado’s 2021 unemployment rates last year weren’t as high as initially reported. Colorado appeared to be trending higher than the U.S. the whole year but the revisions reduced the state’s unemployment rate by nearly a whole percentage point […]
Opinion: How emotionally intelligent bosses make Colorado a better place to work
Millions of employees left their jobs last year in what has been dubbed “the Great Resignation,” and Colorado, as the state with the fourth-highest number of resignations, is hardly immune. Yet Colorado also is better positioned than most to weather this talent shakeup because we lead the country in offering innovative benefits, work-life balance and […]
What’s Working: Colorado’s missing workers may just be disengaged
Scratch that old 2021 stat that Colorado has recovered 89% of jobs lost in the early days of COVID. The state did even better, according to new revisions that were just announced. We’re at 95.3% recovered. More on that below. But first, is the answer to the nation’s worker shortage to have more babies, process […]
Welcome back, Denver office friends — or whoever shows up at work on any given day
Before the pandemic, TextUs had an office in downtown Boulder where half of its employees worked, while the rest worked remotely. And then, well, you know what happened. Everyone was sent home and traded commutes for virtual Zoom meetings, open work spaces and office buzz for home offices with roommates and pets, lunches out with […]
King Soopers employee union to hold strike vote on Sunday
The contentious contract negotiations between King Soopers management and the union representing 17,000 grocery workers in Colorado and Wyoming remains unresolved. And now, the S word has been uttered. Officials with United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 7 said Thursday that a pre-authorization strike vote will be held Sunday in Denver and Monday in […]
What’s Working: Colorado’s job recovery rate is the nation’s 10th fastest. So why is our jobless rate the 15th highest?
Colorado has come a long way since the start of the pandemic when, as with every state, the unemployment rate increased. The state’s rate jumped to 12.1% in April 2020, from 2.8% before the pandemic. The state’s jobless rate dropped to 5.4% in October, from September’s 5.6%. That, plus a bunch of other economic data, […]