Grand Junction experiences highest job loss per capita than any other city

Grand Junction lost a greater percentage of employees than any other metropolitan area in the United States between November 2008 and November 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The city lost 5,300 employees year-over-year, a 7.9 percent drop.

Mesa County Workforce Center Supervisor Gilbert Lujan said he’s not surprised Grand Junction topped the list. After coming to the workforce center in the boom times of 2006, he said 2009 was by far the worst year for jobs he has seen in Mesa County. The center has received fewer job orders from employers in the past five months, he said. At the same time, fewer job seekers are registered with the center, but likely not because they found jobs, Lujan said.

“They could be moving away, maybe they’re just giving up. There’s a lot of factors to that,” he said.

Even with new businesses such as Cabela’s and American Furniture Warehouse on their way to Grand Junction, Lujan said he hasn’t heard from any current local businesses looking to hire a bunch of people in the coming months.

“We’re waiting for that but it just hasn’t happened yet,” Lujan said.

Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, Wash., had the greatest percentage increase from November 2008 to November 2009, 3.8 percent, and gained 3,600 jobs. That was also the largest job increase in the country during that time. Los Angeles had the largest job decrease with 194,900.

Just 15 of the 372 metropolitan areas in the U.S. gained jobs between the Novembers of 2008 and 2009.

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