Leadville News – January 11

Business News: Finding Work, Retaining Employees 

If finding a new job or a different job is on your New Year’s resolution list, then you’re in luck, because FREE help is available to up your chances of landing that dream job. And remember, not every small mountain community has a Workforce Center in the heart of its business district, so why not take advantage of the help that will put you on the path to success! Get a job!

Workforce_Jan workshopsHere’s some news about upcoming workshops and programs to expand your opportunities, and your mind in Leadville Today.

Next Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m.  the Leadville Colorado Workforce Center is offering it’s next workshop designed to help job seekers discover the “Interviewing Secrets” that puts applicants at the top of the HIRE list. The one-on-one interview can be the most challenging part of finding a new job, especially for millennials, so why not take advantage of learning  some tips to ease the interview anxiety. And its FREE! 

The “Tuesdays at 2 p.m.” series continues on Jan. 23 with “Job Search Strategies,” and wraps up its January 2018 series with “Soft Skills” on January 30. Not every small rural community has this FREE service right in town, 

You can participate from your smart device, PC or in person at one of the Workforce Centers. The Lake County Public Library also offers a WORKFORCE LAPTOP for persons looking for employment or filing for unemployment. This system is dedicated to help job seekers. 

For workshop attendees, you need to register and can do so ONLINE or contact Sue Miller at the Leadville Workforce Center at Sue.Miller@state.co.us or by calling (719) 486-2428. Increase your skill set, put your best foot forward, and get that great job that’s waiting just for you!

LLCEDC Starts New BRE Program in 2018

In other business news, the Leadville Lake County Economic Development Corporation (LLCEDC) announced yesterday that they will implement a Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) economic development program beginning on January 15, according to Director Mike Bordogna. The goal of this program is to gather the data that will inform them and regulatory agencies about the barriers and opportunities that exist in the local community for business success.

According to the press release, “the BRE program will identify impediments that discourage local business expansion, without identifying any individual businesses in its results. Because existing businesses account for 40 to 70 percent of all new jobs, helping established companies increase competitiveness helps ensure that our businesses will stay and expand in the community.” 

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Employee retention is an issue for mountain businesses as unemployment levels reach new lows across Colorado. In this business cycle, employees can choose, and they are!

The members-only, private non-profit plans to visit 35 local businesses in the first year to gather information using an interview questionnaire prepared and patterned after suggested questions in national BR&E programs.   These questions are designed to identify individual business needs concerns and suggestions about the local climate for business. Although short term assistance from local or outside agencies may be identified during the visits with businesses, that is not the intention of the overall program.

Bordogna emphasized the absolute confidentially of the information gained from these visits.  The findings will be shared in aggregate with the businesses interviewed and with “appropriate stakeholders, including regulators and utility providers.”  

Contact Mike Bordogna with questions director@lakecountyedc.com, 719-293-5572.

Labor Stats Indicate Worker Shortage

In Leadville labor news, recent data indicates that “record low unemployment, at 2.3 percent, remains Colorado’s lowest level since 1976 and continues as the lowest rate in the nation.  For tourism, especially the service industry it’s getting harder and harder for employers to find reliable, long term workers. It’s even more challenging in a seasonal environment.”


There is no shortage of “Help Wanted” and “Hiring” signs across mountain communities as the market deals with a low unemployment rate in Colorado.

And if you had to guess, it’s probably no secret that the following are the Top 5 Local Employers. However an interesting caveat is that Vail Resorts is still the largest employer in the area.

  • Climax Molybdenum Mine
  • Lake County Government
  • Lake County School District
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Safeway

According to other statistics gathered in 2017 of the 7,595 people that reside in Lake County, 4,438 are employed and only 103 are unemployed. The average wage in Lake County: $40,000/year. 

Additional statistics include:

  • 172  jobs advertised in November 2017
  • 71 job openings as of  December 2017     
  • Median price for  a home is $250,000
  • Workers Aged 30 to 54 are the largest age group of workers
  • Highest Education:  Attained-High School Diploma/GED
  • 59.4% of workers are White/Non Hispanic 
  • 34.4% of workers are Hispanic

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