July 19, 2013
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There has been a lot of discussion in the Yampa Valley recently around the topic of climate change. One interesting thing about the topic is that although a tremendous amount of data is available, there also is a seemingly equal amount of public confusion. The confusion is not limited to the Yampa Valley — at the national level there is an ongoing disconnect between what the climate data says and what people believe about climate change.
According to the latest data from the Colorado Department of Labor, the unemployment rate in Moffat County continued its gradual descent through the end of 2013. CDL estimates place the December 2013 unemployment rate at 5.2 percent. That’s down from the December 2012 rate of 7.5 percent, and is a continuation of the downward trend in the 12-month moving average unemployment rate that began in November 2012.
Recent data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program indicates that local crime is on the decline. The FBI has been collecting, publishing and archiving crime statistics as part of the UCR program since 1929. The data is produced from the information received from more than 18,000 city, university, county, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies voluntarily participating in the program. The UCR data is the most comprehensive source for detailed crime statistics.
The November 2013 edition of Yampa Valley Data Partners’ monthly FastFacts report paints a positive picture of the Moffat County economy across several different dimensions. In aggregate, the latest indicators point to an improving economic landscape and provide the basis for a positive outlook heading into 2014.
This is the year for our Northwest Colorado region to be host to the most influential nonprofit conference in the state: Rural Philanthropy Days, which is a collaborative program that builds excellence among the nonprofit and social service agencies that support our communities.
A recent Yampa Valley Data Partners analysis of Yampa Valley Electricity Association data indicates that electricity use in the valley has continued to grow steadily throughout the past several years even while many other economic and social indicators moved down in the wake of the Great Recession.
A recent survey of Moffat County kids shows that our kids are less likely to participate in sexual and drug-related behaviors than their statewide peers.