Forecast shows Colorado will experience strong job growth

SUN Columnist

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released their employment revisions for 2013, which showed that Colorado added 68,100 jobs in 2013. The construction and tourism sectors were at the top of the list, adding 10,700 and 10,100 jobs, respectively. Additional details can be found at Look for the report, CBER Review of the Colorado Economy-Analysis of Colorado Employment Data 2013.

According to CBER — Colorado-based Business and Economic Research — the Colorado economic forecast for 2014 shows that better times lie ahead. Unemployment will continue to decline and will be in the range of 5.5 percent to 5.8 percent and the population of Colorado will increase by about 90,000 by the end of 2014. The most likely employment scenario will show job growth in the range of 68,000 to 74,000; growth will be broad based, driven by the construction; healthcare; professional, scientific and technical services; accommodations and food services; and retail trade sectors. The improving global economy will support broad-based growth of the U.S. economy and vice versa. In turn, Colorado will enjoy its strongest job growth in over a decade.

Upcoming events

Locals and visitors alike can experience Pagosa’s Flavors April 25-May 4. Pagosa Springs offers so many wonderful things. You can find big savings and discounts from area lodgers, activities, restaurants and retail shops. There are also special events occurring during the week.

The Community United Methodist Church at 434 Lewis St. will be offering Make It Happen: An Empowering Gathering for Women on April 21. Join other women in a discussion on relationships with money. Call 946-1897 to learn more.

Wear your jeans on April 23 to protest sexual violence and join Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program and special guest Tim Sullivan and “Walk a Mile in Their Jeans” to support survivors of sexual assault. Walkers will meet at the Bell Tower Park at noon in downtown Pagosa Springs. To learn more, call 264-9075.

Will and Christie Spears, owners of KWUF radio, will host this month’s Business After Hours on April 23 at the KWUF studio on Trujillo Road. Festivities begin at 5 p.m.

There are many more events coming up later this month, so visit the Chamber website and our comprehensive calendar of events at

Business news

If you haven’t attended a Maximizing Your Membership class recently, then you don’t know all the new amenities that the Chamber is offering. We have a variety of no-cost or low-cost membership benefits. The next class will be held on Monday, April 28, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Maximizing your Membership class is free and lunch is provided. Please call the Chamber to reserve your spot and so that we can assure that there is enough food for the attendees.

We welcome new member P.C. Industries.

We have many renewing members we would like to recognize: Abba Eye Care, All Purpose Storage and U-haul, Archuleta County Education Center, Billy Goat Mulching, Buckskin Towing and Repair, Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad Commission, Galles Properties, Healing Waters Resort and Spa, Homespun Comforts, Pagosa Land Company, Piedra River Resort, and RE/MAX Eagle’s Nest. Thank you also to individual renewing members Dee and Steve Butler.

The staff and board of directors of the Pagosa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce wish you a happy Easter and wonderful spring in beautiful Pagosa Springs.

This story was posted on April 17, 2014.