GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) -- The proof is in the numbers in the Mesa County Workforce Center's Year-End Report. Unemployment is down, wages are up, and around 3,000 people joined the workforce in 2017.
"Our local economy is starting to diversify," said Curtis Englehart, the director of the Mesa County Workforce Center. "We're not having these big industries in energy or healthcare, these support industries are there as well."
The workforce center led the state of Colorado in workplace learning activities, which are internships or on-the-job training that is partially paid by the workforce center, allowing the employer to check out the employee before investing in them financially.
And it's paying off. Compared to similarly-sized Pueblo County, while we're still below state averages, Mesa's unemployment is lower and wages are higher than those in Pueblo County.
It gives promise that 2018 will keep the trend going.