With 8.1 percent of Americans out of work, and more than 850,000 jobs lost in February alone, the job market can seem bleak.
But there are some places to look for work locally in more recession-resistant industries.
School District 51 is the area's largest employer with more than 3,000 employees. District officials say education jobs are here to stay.
Employment of school teachers is projected to grow 12 percent nation–wide through 2016.
Grand Junction's second largest employer is St. Mary's hospital with over 2,000 employees and still has plenty of jobs listed on their web site.
The Mesa County Workforce Center has 104 job postings on its Web site.
Some job seekers may decide to go back to school to explore other options. Mesa State College offers 60 undergrad programs and two graduate programs. Or they could just look to Mesa State for that job, it's the area's third largest employer with nearly 1500 employees.
Officials say the healthcare industry is expected to generate three million new positions by 2016 and you don't need to go back to nursing or medical school to qualify. The types of jobs available range from finance to sales marketing.
Some helpful web sites for job seekers: