While Mesa County's economy was originally based largely on agriculture, it is no longer the case. According to job experts, a growing population will also coincide with an explosion in job opportunities.
Of course the energy industry is expected to play a large role as employer during the next decade or two and with the population growing at a rapid pace, construction, health care and service jobs will also be plentiful.
The unemployment rate for Mesa County in December 2005 was 4.2 percent, indicating a stable job market and according to the Mesa County Workforce Center the organization has more open job orders since its creation in 1998. The organization has also established a relationship with Western Colorado Community College to begin training workers in a vocational capacity and while there will be plenty of manual labor jobs available, the Grand Junction Economic Partnership says they will continue to try to bring in companies that provide primary jobs.
GJEP President Ann Driggers says Mesa County and Western Colorado have become well known as a growing community and while you can't stop growth, the county should make every effort to ensure that we promote the best quality growth possible.