Workforce Center reports more new jobs

The Mesa County Workforce Center added job postings in the first three months of 2011 at a rate not seen since the third quarter of 2008, a sign that jobs are starting to bounce back in the area.

The Workforce Center posted 653 new jobs in the first quarter of the year, up from 506 in the fourth quarter of 2010. There were 663 new jobs posted with the Mesa County Workforce Center over the course of the third quarter of 2008, then 461 in the fourth quarter of 2008. Job orders continued to slide to a low of 334 in the final quarter of 2009, then rose above 500 in the first quarter of 2010, a level maintained in each quarter for the rest of the year.

Meanwhile, the number of job postings available through the center at any one time has remained steady at approximately 200 for months, according to Workforce Center Supervisor Gilbert Lujan.

The difference in the first quarter is job orders taken off the list once the positions were filled were replaced with new jobs much more quickly than at other times in the past two years.

“Just because we’re not going up from 200 doesn’t mean there aren’t new opportunities,” Lujan said.

Even with more jobs opening in Mesa County, unemployment remains above 10 percent in the county.

“It shows there still aren’t enough opportunities out there for the people we have seeking jobs,” Lujan said. “It’s still very tight. It’s still very competitive” in the job market.


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