State Economy in a Relatively Good Place, But Not for Everyone

February 9 2009, 9:10 AM
The U.S. job market is tight and there really are no bright spots. That's the assessment of USA Today, which adds some detail: All 50 states and 95 percent of the nation's metropolitan areas will have fewer jobs than they started with in 2009. Only two sectors, education and health services--and government--are expected to add workers. But six states won't be hit too hard. Colorado, thankfully, is one of them. Just 1 percent fewer jobs are expected in the state this year. But tell that to James Cox of Littleton, who is making the transition to a field with more long-term job security--nursing--and is taking classes during the day at Arapahoe Community College as he manages a restaurant by night, according to the Rocky Mountain News, which notes an 11 percent increase in community college enrollment, among other job-changing trends. At least gas prices are lower for most of us--unless you're in a mountain town. A couple of state lawmakers want to know exactly why that is, especially as workers struggle to maintain jobs amid the high costs of mountain living, according to 9News.