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Time Machine Tuesday: The WPA in Colorado

During the height of the Great Depression, as banks failed, unemployment soared, and farm prices dropped, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was established as one of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal projects. The WPA focused on creating and providing jobs rather than handing out direct relief. Most of the WPA jobs were aimed at […]

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Government Shutdown Resources

If you or a family member are affected by the recent government shutdown, the State of Colorado is stepping in to help. Furloughed workers are currently permitted to file for unemployment benefits. See Governor Polis’s press release for an overview, and visit the Colorado Department of Labor & Employment’s unemployment website for more details and […]

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Minimum Wage in Colorado

Currently, Colorado’s minimum wage is $10.20, or $7.18 for tipped employees. This was increased on January 1 of this year and will increase again on January 1, 2019 and January 1, 2020. This is due to Amendment 70, which was passed in the 2016 election and went into effect in the beginning of 2017. This […]

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Workforce Supply and Demand Data

What are the most in-demand occupations in Colorado? The State’s Talent Found Dashboard uses current job posting data to measure demand, and presents interactive maps and tables that you can use to find out the state’s hottest jobs. The data on the website supplements two 2017 state reports, the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report and Colorado […]

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Jobs in Advanced Manufacturing

The Colorado Community College System has developed cocareeractiontools.com, an informational website for those seeking careers in the advanced manufacturing industry in Colorado. Jobs in this industry include electrical and mechanical maintenance techs; machinists; welders; and jobs in engineering/R&D; logistics & supply; production & assembly; quality assurance; and sales.  The site provides information on where to […]

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Online Career Help

Are you looking for a new job, or thinking of taking your career in a new direction?  The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment can assist.  Their Career Help webpage is a great resource that can help you find a job, training, or education.  You can use this site to link to a workforce center […]

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Colorado's Labor History

This coming Monday is Labor Day.  Because so much of Colorado’s development was tied in with mining, transportation, and other industry, and because of events like the Ludlow Massacre, the state has been a significant part of the history of the labor movement in America.  Here are some resources, both current and historical, available from […]

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Job Hunting for People with Disabilities

Many Colorado businesses offer opportunities for persons with disabilities to become employed, a situation which can greatly enhance the person’s life.  If you or someone you know is disabled and looking for employment in Colorado, be sure to view A Job-Hunting Guide for Colorado Citizens with Disabilities, produced by the Colorado Career Web of the […]

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Loan Repayment Program for Healthcare Professionals

The State of Colorado has found a clever way to encourage health care practitioners to move to rural and underserved areas where their services are badly needed.  It is called the Loan Repayment Program.  By agreeing to practice in underserved areas for three years, new health care professionals can receive repayment funds for their student […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Worker's Compensation

What were worker’s compensation laws like a century ago?  You can find out in the 1915 publication Workmen’s Compensation Laws Passed by the Twentieth General Assembly of the State of Colorado, available digitally from our library.  That year the legislature created the Industrial Commission of Colorado.  Their biennial reports, also available digitally from our library, […]

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New College and Career Website

Last month Colorado debuted the new Launch My Career Colorado website.  This site provides a searchable tool that prospective college students can use to determine the earning potential for their desired majors, industries, jobs, and schools.  For instance, if you search library science as a major, you first receive a screen that gives the percentages […]

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Work-Related Injuries in Colorado

If you are looking for statistics on the number of injuries that occur in the workplace in Colorado, you can find this information in the annual statistical publication Work-Related Injuries in Colorado, issued by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE).  Issues back to 1995 are available from our library.  (It takes the department […]

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Help Writing a Resume

If you’re looking for a job, one of the most important things you can do is to create a successful resume.  This will list not only your skills and job history, but will also demonstrate your writing and organizational ability.  The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment offers a helpful Resume Guidance webpage that can […]

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Time Machine Tuesday: Women and Children's Labor Laws

In 1970 the Colorado State Legislature appointed a committee to study labor laws for women and children.  This continued the Progressive Era reforms of several decades before by bringing these laws up-to-date with changing attitudes about discrimination of women in the workplace and employment opportunities for youth:  “…The Committee attempted to remove overly protective restrictions […]

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Hire for Colorado

The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is working to reduce the number of unemployed and underemployed persons in Colorado.  Although the number of unemployed has been reduced with the upturn in the economy following the recession, many are still underemployed in Colorado, according to a new website sponsored by the Department.  HireforColorado.com is a […]

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Power Up Colorado: Jobs in the Energy Sector

The Colorado Department of Higher Education and College in Colorado have teamed up to create a website devoted to education, training, and jobs in the energy sector.  According to the website, Power Up Colorado, “The energy industry has been a key part of Colorado’s economy throughout its history.  Energy jobs…pay considerably more than Colorado’s median […]

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Colorado's Growing Health Industry

The Colorado Department of Higher Education and its subsidiary, College in Colorado, have teamed up with three Colorado community colleges to to offer a new website for Coloradans interested in studying for health careers.  According to the website, planyourhealthcareer.org, the health industry is adding 4,000-8,000 new jobs each year, and pay is above the national […]

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Help for Rural Colorado Job Seekers

Finding a job can be difficult enough, but if you are a job seeker living in a rural area, it can be even harder.  That is why the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) developed the Colorado Rural Workforce Consortium.  Check out the CRWC’s website for helpful information on finding a job in rural Colorado, […]

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Licensed Professions and Occupations

Our library receives many questions about how to search for an occupational license.  If you are licensed in an occupation and need to check the status of your license, or if you are doing business with someone and want to verify that they are licensed, you can find this information at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies […]

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Minimum Wage

Colorado’s current minimum wage is $8.00/hr.  According to the Colorado Constitution, the minimum wage is adjusted annually for inflation. Check out the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Minimum Wage webpage for information resources on the minimum wage in Colorado, including fact sheets, wage bulletins, and posters that can be displayed in places of employment.  The site also […]

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Colorado Innovation Week

Governor Hickenlooper has proclaimed August 25-29, 2014 as “Colorado Innovation Week.”  According to the Governor’s press release, “The four pillars of the Colorado innovation ecosystem are talent, ideas, capital, and entrepreneurship.”  Hickenlooper says, “Innovation Week is a catalyst for bringing together many of the brightest thinkers and innovation leaders from around the world to inspire […]