Job Growth Rate Up in Grand Junction

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According to statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor, Grand Junction had the highest job growth rate in the state for the month of July.

The current employment rate for the city is 62.1 percent, which is up more than 5 percentage points from July of 2006.

The unemployment rate is at 3.2 percent, which is down from last year.

The Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce says it believes this increase is because the city has grown so much over the past year, and booming sectors in the health and energy industries have been able to create many new jobs in the Grand Valley.

But the Chamber of Commerce says the city is having a hard time keeping up.

"Our businesses have been saying that a lack of labor to fill existing jobs, along with some of the new jobs coming in, was an issue for them in terms of actually finding enough bodies to fill the jobs out there," said Diane Schwenke, who works for the Chamber of Commerce.

To help fill those jobs the Chamber of Commerce plans to host a career fair at Mesa Mall on September 5.