Job vacancy survey reveals where the jobs are |

Job vacancy survey reveals where the jobs are

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment has released its latest job vacancy survey for the northwest and rural resort areas of the state. A cross sampling of 730 employers in Clear Creek, Eagle, Garfield, Gilpin, Grand, Jackson, Lake, Moffat, Pitkin, Rio Blanco, Routt and Summit counties were surveyed to produce this snapshot of the region’s job market.

The survey, conducted between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, found 940 job vacancies in the 12 counties. Only 13 percent of the employers surveyed reported job vacancies, which coincides with very low unemployment rates in most counties.

In 80 percent of the vacancies, employers were looking for applicants with at least some experience, and 25 percent of the vacancies were considered very hard to fill.

Among the jobs in demand were nurses, housekeeping staff, cooks, retail sales people, electricians, plumbers and jobs related to construction.

The average wage for all reported vacancies was $15.30 per hour.

The average wage for government openings was higher than for private sector jobs. A total of 43 percent of the jobs required more than a high school education.

And one-third of the employers offered medical premium coverage with their positions.

The survey is available online at

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