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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 civic improvements, such as public buildings and roads. Thousands of out-of-work artists and artisans, architects, musicians, writers, historians, and others who had previously been employed in creative or intellectual fields were given temporary work. Parks, trails, bridges, public buildings, artworks, and literary projects produced by the WPA continue to be enjoyed to this day.

Colorado’s division of the WPA issued The WPA Worker: A Monthly Pictorial Journal for Workers and Citizens of Colorado Interested in the Statewide Projects of Works Progress AdministrationIssues from 1936 and 1937 have recently been digitized by our library. Each issue of this amazing periodical highlights WPA projects in all corners of the state. These included many construction projects like public buildings, roads, bridges, stadiums, and parks, but also included such varied activities as

As Coloradans suffered from the effects of the Great Depression, the WPA enhanced life in every part of the state, and often undertook long overdue projects that in many cases would not have been otherwise completed. Many of the projects continue to enhance our lives today.

For more resources on the WPA in Colorado, see the following publications available from our library:

Aguilar’s city hall was constructed by the WPA.

 

The playground at Lake Junior High in Denver was also a WPA project.

 

Old infrastructure was replaced across the state.
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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 to apply. Note that if federal workers do receive back pay after the shutdown ends, they are expected to reimburse the State for their unemployment benefits.

The Colorado Department of Education has added page on their website with education resources to help families during the shutdown. Here you can find links to food assistance and other benefits. You can also find information about assistance and benefits at the Colorado Department of Human Services website. See the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies website if you need information about making insurance payments during the shutdown.

Finally, Colorado 211, a human services referral agency, has a list of helpful resources on their site. Coloradans are welcome to contact 211 directly, via phone or online chat, for further assistance.

 

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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 constitutional amendment increases the minimum wage by $0.90 each year until it reaches $12.00 per hour in 2020. After that date, should no other amendments pass, the minimum wage will be adjusted for cost-of-living increases based on the Consumer Price Index.

For more information on Colorado’s minimum wage, visit the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment website. Here you will find the most recent Colorado Minimum Wage Order; fact sheets; minimum wage posters for places of business; resources in Spanish; more on Amendment 70; and a chart of Colorado’s minimum wage back to 1998. You can also view prior Minimum Wage Orders via our library; search our web catalog for these and additional resources.

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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.

Talent Found Colorado

The data on the website supplements two 2017 state reports, the Colorado Talent Pipeline Report and Colorado Rises: Advancing Education and Talent Development. The former report analyzes workforce supply and demand in Colorado while the latter report examines Colorado’s higher education and training needs in order to meet these demands. Search our library’s online catalog for further resources on jobs and the workforce in 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 go to get an education in these fields, as well as information on how to advance your career in the industry.  The site also includes a helpful feature where you can “map your skills” to advanced manufacturing from the energy, construction, or military sectors.  Finally, the site includes recruiting information for employers in the industry.

This is a helpful site for anyone considering a career in, or a career change to, the advanced manufacturing industry and for those looking to attract top talent to their companies.

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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 near you, where you can take a skills assessment and find information about the job market in your area.  Career Help also includes information specifically for youth and for veterans, links to labor market information, networking and job fairs, interviewing tips, and much more. 

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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 our library that tell the story of labor Colorado:

Agricultural and migrant workers:

Child labor:

Immigration policy:

Labor Movement and the Progressive Era:

  • The Archaeology of Class War:  The Colorado Coalfield Strike of 1913-1914, University Press of Colorado, 2009
  • Coal People:  Life in Southern Colorado’s Company Towns, by Rick J. Clyne, Colorado Historical Society, 1999
  • From Redstone to Ludlow:  John Cleveland Osgood’s Struggle Against the United Mine Workers of America, by F. Darrell Munsell, University Press of Colorado, 2009
  • The Gospel of Progressivism:  Moral Reform and Labor War in Colorado, 1900-1930 by R. Todd Laugen, University Press of Colorado, 2010
  • The Great Coalfield War, by George S. McGovern, University Press of Colorado, 1996
  • Industrializing the Rockies:  Growth, Competition, and Turmoil in the Coalfields of Colorado and Wyoming, 1868-1914 by David A. Wolff, University Press of Colorado, 2003
  • The Lessons of Leadville, or, Why the Western Federation of Miners Turned Left, by William Philpott, Colorado Historical Society, 1995
  • Making an American Workforce:  The Rockefellers and the Legacy of Ludlow, by Fawn-Amber Montoya, University Press of Colorado, 2014 
  • Persistent Progressives:  The Rocky Mountain Farmers’ Union, by John F. Freeman, University Press of Colorado, 2016 
  • Radicalism in the Mountain West, 1890-1920: Socialists, Populists, Miners, and Wobblies, by David R. Berman, University Press of Colorado, 2007 
  • “Remember Ludlow!” by Joanna Sampson, Colorado Historical Society, 1999
  • Representation and Rebellion:  The Rockefeller Plan at the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, 1914-1942, by Jonathan H. Rees, University Press of Colorado, 2010 
  • Western Voices: 125 Years of Colorado Writing, Colorado Historical Society, 2004
  • A Wide-Awake Woman:  Josephine Roche in the Era of Reform, by Elinor McGinn, Colorado Historical Society, 2002 
  • Working in Colorado:  A Brief History of the Colorado Labor Movement, University of Colorado, 1971

Legal:

Statistics and studies:

Women:

This is just a small sampling of the many resources on this topic available from our library.  For further resources, including current labor trends, employment statistics, guidance on labor laws, state labor and employment programs, and more, search our library’s online catalog.

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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 Community Colleges of Colorado and available online from our library.

State publications of possible interest to employers include Colorado’s Disability Program Navigators and Systems Change Employment Initiatives:  An Evaluation Report and Final Report on Employment and Community Participation Recommendations.  For further resources visit our library’s online catalog.

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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 loans.  This month, 33 new health care providers received nearly $2 million in loan repayment in exchange for their agreement to practice in places like Burlington, Rifle, Holly, and Monte Vista.  Other practitioners will stay in the metro area but will practice at community clinics, homeless services, and other agencies providing healthcare to underserved and impoverished populations.  To view the list of the 33 providers and where they’re heading, see the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE)’s February 8 press release.  To learn more about the program,visit the CDPHE’s “Health Professional Loan Repayment” website.

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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, offer a fascinating look at the state of worker’s compensation a century ago and are a extremely important historical resource because they detail every claim, whether awarded or denied.  For example,

  
The 1915 laws came on the heels of several years of labor unrest, and were issued during the height of the Progressive Era.  This was also during a time when mining and industrial jobs made up a huge proportion of Colorado’s workforce. 

Also interesting — notice that back then the concept was termed “workmen’s compensation,” not “worker’s compensation” as we say today.  Yet this did not mean that female workers were excluded from compensation; just that most employees were assumed to be male.  Women’s claims were rare but did occasionally appear in the industrial commission reports:

A quick search of our library catalog shows that the “workmen” term was used as late as 1989, well after women had joined the workforce.  Search our catalog for many more resources on worker’s compensation and insurance from a century ago through the present day.

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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 regarding career satisfaction in the state — 46{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} are deeply interested in the work they do; 36{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} say they have the ideal job for them; and 86{66eaadba41c14e7e553ffe7a4ee73fbae213b19704eda0514b3dd79e37e4c0c5} say they are satisfied with their personal life.  You can compare this to other potential jobs to see which one has the highest satisfaction.  This page also offers a list of the schools where you can get a degree in your selected major.

Then you can go to the left side of the screen and click on the tabs for information on hot jobs, skills in demand, top concentrations within the major, and more.  As you click through the tabs you will find information on median salaries, how many jobs in the field are currently available, how many jobs are projected to be available in the next 5 years, average first year salary, average cost of the degree by school, and even a figure on how much more you would make in this career than if you didn’t go to college.

This website is a helpful tool for selecting a major, a school, or a career direction.  It’s not just for high school seniors; adults looking to further their education or make a career change will also find this site helpful. 

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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 a couple of years to compile the data, so the most recent issue right now, for instance, covers 2013).  Older issues can be checked out in print.  There are also a number of other publications available from our library that provide information on occupational injuries, worker safety, and worker’s compensation.  Some helpful resources include:

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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 help you produce a resume that will open up more doors for you.  Information on this webpage includes how to choose the type of resume that is best for the job you seek; how to use references; what to do when the job posting asks you about salary; mistakes to avoid; and much more.  The site can also connect you with job search engines and other resources helpful during the job-hunt. 

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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 from the statutes which hamper youth employment opportunities.  At the same time, the Committee retained present Colorado educational requirements and the emphasis on safety training.”  Further, “the Committee recommends a repeal of certain provisions of the statutes which tend to discriminate against the employment of women.”  These provisions included a law that prohibited women from working in mines as well as special accommodations such as providing special seating for female employees.  The child labor laws discussed by the committee included relaxing laws on how many hours an employee under age 18 could work, which limited the employment of some 17-year-old high school graduates.  The committee also addresses laws regarding the employment of 14- and 15-year-olds.  The committee’s final report is available digitally from our library.  For more resources on this topic, search our library’s web catalog.

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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 website for both employers and job seekers to find out information on putting Colorado to work.  “If you are a jobseeker, here you will find information and resources to help you find your next job. Employers – sign our employer pledge, post jobs and learn about tax credit opportunities,” proclaims the website.  Not just a jobs listing site, Hire for Colorado also discusses information on expanding training opportunities for decreasing underemployment; revising hiring practices to get better pools of applicants; and how unemployed persons can “get back in the game” after six months or more of unemployment.  If you are seeking a job or looking to fill a position with the best qualified candidate, check out this website today.

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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 household income.”  Power Up Colorado offers guidance on schools and programs focusing on the energy industry; career pathways resources; opportunities to connect with Colorado energy companies; and information on financial aid and other financial resources for adults going back to school.

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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 average.  Whether you are a young college student or an adult going to school, the site has information on colleges and programs, advice on career pathways, financial aid information, and opportunities to connect with employers in the health industry. 

For more information on the growth of the health industry in Colorado, check out the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment’s Health Care brochure, and search our library’s web catalog for additional resources.  Here you can also find information from Colorado’s state community colleges, including catalogs of course offerings.

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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, including notices about upcoming classes and trainings; locations of Workforce Centers; veterans’ information; employment projections by region; information on the Workforce Investment Act and the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act; and more.  For more job seeker resources see the CDLE’s Find a Job webpage.

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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 (DORA)’s license database.  Simply select the profession from the drop-down menu and, to narrow the search, fill in terms such as name or city in the search boxes.  You will get a list with basic information including name, license number, status (active, expired, etc.), city, state, and zip.  For more information, click on the “detail” link next to the person’s name.  This will pull up information such as dates of licensing and any disciplinary actions received.

You can find detailed information on each profession and its requirements at DORA’s Licensed Professions and Businesses page.  To renew a license, click here.

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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 includes a history of the changes in minimum wage back to 1998, and links to reference materials such as the Fair Labor Standards Act and the state constitutional requirements, as well as resources on the federal minimum wage.

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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 great ideas, cultivate relationships and advance Colorado’s robust economic growth and foundation as the nation’s premier innovation hub.”  Central to the Innovation Week festivities is the Colorado Innovation Network (COIN), which just yesterday released the brand-new State of Innovation 2014 report.  COIN will be hosting an Innovation Summit during this week.  For more information and resources visit COIN’s website, http://www.coloradoinnovationnetwork.com/