Summer Unemployment Rates Expected to Decrease
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- It’s a rather simple notion: warmer temperatures call for more jobs outside.
This is something beneficial for the area since when compared to the rest of the state, Mesa County tends to have a higher unemployment rate.
According to Mesa County Workforce Center, the latest unemployment rate for the county is 8.2 percent. However, officials say as we head further into the summer season, they're expecting that number to drop significantly.
“For the pools, we will hire approximately 60 new lifeguards to fill our spots at the swimming pools,” said Larry Manchester, recreation supervisor for the City of Grand Junction.
Manchester says working during the summer season is great for high school and college aged students.
“The kids during the school year, you want them to focus on athletics or on school work and make sure that's there focus,” said Manchester. “But in the summer time, they need to have a little fun and earn a little extra cash .”
Officials say these warmer days bring on more than just employment for students but for working-aged adults as well.
“What we usually see this time of the year, there is a lot of seasonal hiring,” said Suzie Miller of the Mesa County Workforce Center.
Miller says a variety of industries hire during this time of the year.
There’s construction and landscaping jobs available, and with the increase in travel and tourism, jobs in lodging and food services are also up for grabs.
“Its gives people an opportunity to explore other areas that they might be interested in,” said Miller. “Maybe it’s a way to get their foot into the door of the construction industry and maybe it will result in long term employment.”
Whether it's an adult grabbing a job, of for agencies like the City of Grand Junction who hire teenagers for the summer, there has been solid level of staffing during summer season for years.
“You have to look at what you're having them do and make sure it’s within the scope of what they're capable of doing,” said Manchester. “But they're always a good work force.”
According to officials, this time last year, the unemployment rate was 9.1 percent. Meaning that we currently are already lower and the summer season hasn't even officially started.