Summer 2005 Job Outlook Very Encouraging

Mesa County's unemployment rate continues to drop and the outlook is good that people who want to work will find it this year. The employment figures for May have not been released, but a representative for the Mesa Sounty Workforce Center says those figures should show another monthly decrease in the local unemployment rate.

For April, the total non–farm unemployment rate for Mesa County dropped one–half percent. That continues a trend for our area, lowering from 5.3% in March to 4.8% in April. Scott Aker with the Mesa County Workforce Center says these figures are encouraging, and follow a trend seen in recent months.

Aker says even though job losses are expected later this year from the closing of aviation manufacturer Hamilton Sundstrand and downsizing of Ametek Dixson, those should not affect the county's overall employment.

One job area seeing big growth is in the oil and gas industries. Aker says a number of companies have listed jobs with the center, and response from residents to the high–paying jobs has been good.

People who decide to pursue a career in the energy industry also create openings in other fields that need workers, that looks good for the future.


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