April jobless rate down from March numbers

Initial unemployment claims in Mesa County took a dip in April after hitting a recession-high 1,012 in March.

“That’s a little bit of good news, the decrease between March and April,” said Gilbert Lujan, supervisor of the Mesa County Workforce Center.

There were 700 initial unemployment claims in Mesa County in April, similar to the numbers in January and February.

“It’s still hard for a person to find a position, but things may be softening up a bit,” Lujan said.

The number of open positions in the center’s system has hovered just above 100 for the past few months. Lujan said the center gets new job orders placed every day, but they are filled fast.

“Within a week the employers are calling back saying they have plenty of applications,” Lujan said.

For residents recently laid off or looking to jump-start their job search, the Workforce Center is offering free new-customer-orientation classes. They are twice a week, at 9 a.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Tuesday.


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