Legislative economists say Colorado will lag the country as it recovers from the recession. Last month the state had its highest unemployment rate since the early 1980s, but economists do point to some positive signs. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


One Response to Economic Forecast

  1. Thanks for writing about the unemployment and economic conditions in the State.

    Please consider doing a story about the ’99ers’ in CO:
    There are already nearly 30,000 people in CO who have exhausted all UI benefits – the latest 13 month extension did not help them. There will be another 71,000 in CO who will exhausted all UI benefits within the first 4-5 months of 2011 – that is 71,000 out of the 150,000 in CO who are currently collecting UI benefits. By May or so, there will be 100,000 people in CO who have exhausted all UI benefits.
    Please check with Bill Thoennes of the CDLE it you would like to confirm this fact. (303.318.8004).

    Over the weekend KDVR channel 31 chose to air and post a story online which portrays a couple who has no money, can’t find work, etc – and even liosts an email address where people can ‘help’ the couple. While I don’t wish these circumstances on anyone, I am very disheartened that the local media chose to do this sotry: the man quit a six-figure job in Ohio and chose to move to CO a year ago with no job. His rent is $1640/mo…
    Pat, there are SO many people who have lost everything – people are sleeping intheir cars, in shelters – and many more are living with family because they lost their jobs through no fault of their own – not because they QUIT a six-figure job. Despite repeated requests for the local channels to reorts on the tens of thousands in CO who have already – and will very soon – exhaust all UI benefits – but am just flat ignored.

    I don’t know how else to put it. I receive emails and comments from readers on my articles on a consistent basis – asking why the media won’t cover or stories. Please take a minute to consider telling the story of someone who has lost everything, still can not find work (the discrimination based on age and long employment gap is blatant – and overwheliming) The prospects of finding work for persons such as myself are very, very bleak.

    Denver Unemployment Examiner


November 28, 2015 | NPR · In an upset, British challenger Fury beat the Ukrainian boxing star– heavyweight champion of the world for 9 1/2 years — on points Saturday, taking the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.

November 28, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Nathan Rott gives the latest rundown on the gunman who shot a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs.

Seminole Tribune
November 28, 2015 | NPR · The Seminole Tribe of Florida works with Florida State University to ensure it that its football team accurately presents Seminole traditions and imagery.

Arts & Life

Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week
November 28, 2015 | NPR · Gunn, the mentor to young designers on Project Runway, has been a teacher and educator for decades. But he spent his childhood “absolutely hating, hating, hating, hating school,” he says.

Courtesy of Christopher Kirkley
November 28, 2015 | NPR · Prince’s ’80s-era classic has gotten a modern update — in Niger. Directed by Christopher Kirkley, starring the nomadic Tuareg people, this Purple Rain remake drops the kissing but keeps the attitude.

November 28, 2015 | NPR · It’s the season of food, and British food writer Bee Wilson has a book on how our food tastes are formed. NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with her about her new book, “First Bite: How We Learn to Eat.”


Library of Congress
November 29, 2015 | WFIU · Though overshadowed during his own lifetime by his employer, Duke Ellington, the composer-arranger wrote more than 1,000 pieces. Here are takes on his most famous tunes.

Sony Legacy
November 28, 2015 | NPR · “People tried to call him just a jazz cat, but he was beyond that.” Trujillo speaks with Michel Martin about a new documentary on the man sometimes called the Hendrix of the bass.

Courtesy of the artist
November 28, 2015 | NPR · His 30-year career includes trailblazing with an electric trombone, but the Oberlin educator and jazz player has never recorded with a big band until now.

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac