Steamboat briefs: Colorado employment May figures released
Nonfarm payroll jobs increased 9,100 over the month from April to May to 2,443,800 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments.
Private-sector payroll jobs increased 8,700 and government increased 400. Colorado has had 31 consecutive months of payroll job gains. According to the survey of households, the unemployment rate decreased two tenths of a percentage point in May to 5.8 percent.
The last time the Colorado unemployment rate was 5.8 percent or lower was November 2008 when the rate was 5.7 percent. The number of people participating in the labor force increased 3,100 during the month and the number of people reporting themselves as employed increased 7,500.
The larger increase in total employment than in the labor force caused the number of unemployed to decrease 4,300 and the unemployment rate to decline to 5.8 percent. The national unemployment rate was unchanged in May at 6.3 percent. Throughout the year, the average workweek for all employees on private nonfarm payrolls decreased from 34.6 to 34.1 hours and average hourly earnings increased from $25.47 to $26.28.
The largest over-the-month private-sector job gains were in construction, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality. There were no significant over the month declines.
Throughout the year, nonfarm payroll jobs increased 70,500. Private sector payroll jobs increased 65,000 and government increased 5,500. The largest private sector job gains were in professional and business services, leisure and hospitality, and education and health services. Information was the only sector to decline over the year. Throughout the year, the unemployment rate declined one and one tenth of a percentage point from 6.9 percent in May 2013. The number of Coloradans participating in the labor force increased 46,900, total employment increased 73,900 and the number of unemployed decreased 27,000.
The national unemployment rate declined from 7.5 percent in May 2013 to 6.3 percent in May 2014. All Colorado estimates from the establishment and household surveys, including greater geographic detail, are available at http://www.colmigateway.com. Estimates for all states and the nation are available at http://www.bls.gov. The June 2014 Colorado Employment Situation will be released July 18. The full schedule of release dates for calendar year 2014 estimates is available at http://www.colmigateway.com.
Farm Service Agency offers news service
USDA Colorado Farm Service Agency Executive Director Leland Swenson reminds farmers and ranchers in Colorado that they now have a more efficient, timely option for receiving important FSA program eligibility requirements, deadlines and related information, according to a press release.
“FSA has been offering free online communications through our GovDelivery electronic news service,” Swenson said in a statement. “News sent via email right to your home or farm office or to your smartphone — allowing you to receive immediate notification of farm program news that is pertinent to your agricultural operation.”
Through FSA’s GovDelivery electronic news service, producers can establish subscriber preferences by choosing to receive federal farm program information by topic, by state and/or by county. Producers can select as many subscriber options as they want, which allows producers who farm in multiple counties or across state lines to receive updates from each county in which they operate or have an interest.
“GovDelivery will enable FSA to keep producers better informed and allow FSA to conserve resources resources and reduce taxpayer expenses associated with the preparation, printing and distribution of hardcopy newsletters,” Swenson said.
To begin using GovDelivery, subscribe online at http://www.fsa.usda.gov/subscribe or contact your local office for subscription assistance.
Contact your local FSA office if you have questions regarding FSA’s GovDelivery electronic news service.
Community Fourth of July band is gearing up
Every Thursday night, community members meet to practice for the Fourth of July Parade in an effort to bring festive music to the annual event. If you’re interested in joining in the musical fun, practice is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays in the Moffat County High School band room through July 3. For more information, call John Bolton at 970-824-1196.
CPW: Please keep dogs away from wildlife
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is issuing a warning to people whose dogs chase wildlife: Keep them under control and away from deer, elk and other wild animals, or face the possibility of steep fines and the loss of a beloved pet.
Dogs that chase wild animals can cause them extreme stress and injuries from bites, wildlife officials said.
By late winter, many big game animals that are susceptible to dog harassment are pregnant females. As they run to escape, deer and elk expend crucial energy that can lead to an increase in the mortality rate of the animals or their unborn calves and fawns.
To report any instance of dogs chasing wildlife, the public can call the local Colorado Parks and Wildlife office or Colorado State Patrol. In Colorado, the fine for knowingly or negligently allowing a dog to harass wildlife is $274, including surcharges.