Labor Day cookout

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Nate Sterry from Denver works the grill, turning chicken and peppers at Columbine Park in Grand Junction Monday morning as his family and friends gathered at the park for a Labor Day picnic.

Lost labor, wages take toll, but uplift seen

Despite recent positive trends in hiring, nearly $73 million in annual wages drained out of Mesa County between 2008 and 2013, a new report compiled by the Mesa County Workforce Center shows. Workers earned a total of $698.2 million in 2008. By 2013, total wages dropped to $625.6 million. That’s a loss of more than $72.5 million — money that would otherwise circulate in the local economy, said Suzie Miller, Workforce Center business manager.


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