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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Jessica Lawrence, left, of Patterson-UTI Drilling Company, LLC., talks about positions open in drilling with 21-year-old Markuz Mitchell, center, and Rhonda Bachelor, 19, both of Grand Junction, during the School to Work Alliance Program’s job fair last week at the Mesa County Workforce Center. . The job fair featured 42 different companies.

Jobs turn a corner

Unemployment rate drops locally, as area workforce numbers finally stabilize

A drop in Mesa County’s unemployment rate at the end of March, accompanied by signs of steadiness in the labor force, signal that the Grand Valley’s economy might be on the rise.

The county is seeing “job orders through the roof,” a steady labor force and improvements in the unemployment rate, said Curtis Englehart, director of the Mesa County Workforce Center. “Those are three positive signs for our economy.”



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