Last week, The Daily Sentinel shared a positive news article that suggests the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area – an area covering Mesa County, Colorado – has been recovering from the pandemic faster than the rest of Colorado. Per the article, the Grand Junction MSA has a current jobs recovery rate of 124%. Here’s more from the article:

“The Grand Junction area is leading the state in job recovery since the start of the pandemic, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment says.

Since February 2020, a month before the pandemic began, the Grand Junction metropolitan statistical area (MSA), as the department calls it, has so far seen the best recovery rate in the number of available jobs, topping Colorado Springs’ 113% rate, said Ryan Gedney, chief economist for the department.

Why that is, however, isn’t entirely clear.

‘After the completion of annual benchmarking, both the Colorado Springs and Grand Junction MSAs have fully recovered jobs lost in 2020,’ Gedney said Monday. ‘When you look at the losses for Grand Junction, and then when you compare that to the gains since then, that’s 124%.’

Much of the improvement in recovery has been in the construction sector, which until recently has been among the slowest industries to recover in terms of regained jobs.”

Photo from The Daily Sentinel.