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Employers, employees differ on job market

Since moving to Craig from Eagle recently, Dustyn Platt has had trouble finding a job.

“I’ll take anything I can get,” Platt said. “A lot of the jobs are just taken already.”

Platt has never had much luck at job fairs, but that didn’t stop him from trying again Monday at the Craig Holiday Inn.

Platt was one of about 50 job seekers to attend the fair during the first couple of hours. The Craig Chamber of Commerce and the Colorado Workforce Center in Craig put on the fair.

Platt has experience ranging from management to maintenance, but despite his experience, the 19-year-old is having trouble finding a job.

“Here in Craig, it has been really hard,” he said.

But employers at Monday’s fair said just the opposite.

“We’ve found the market so tight right now it has been very difficult to locate and identify quality people,” said Ronald Spangler, human resources manager at Twentymile Coal.

Spangler said he couldn’t put his finger on why the Routt County coal mine has trouble finding employees, but housing problems and a spike in oil and gas development could play a role.

“It has been a difficult market,” he said.

On Monday, Spangler was taking applications for various positions, including 50 underground mine jobs.

Twentymile requires specific skills, but Spangler said that doesn’t necessarily mean mining experience. Some of the skills can be developed at contracting or maintenance jobs.

Spangler said he has been to job fairs before and plans to attend them in the future.

“It is a good way to start,” he said.

The Colorado Department of Transportation was also looking for employees Monday.

Van Pilaud, CDOT’s resident engineer in Craig, said the department was hiring for a variety of jobs, including clerical work, licensed engineers and jobs requiring heavy equipment licenses.

Pilaud said CDOT has had trouble filling some positions recently, particularly engineer positions.

“Craig is not an easy place to fill,” he said.

It took CDOT from Sept-ember 2004 to August 2005 to find a licensed engineer.

Pilaud said part of the problem filling positions is the fact that Craig is a small town and the regional office here is responsible for a five county region. That means a lot of time spent away from home, he said.

Organizers of Monday’s fair said they were happy with the turnout.

This was the first job fair for the Craig Chamber of Commerce, but Director An–nette Gianinetti said she would be open to working on another in the future.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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