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Colorado Workforce Development Council
Stephanie Steffens, Director
633 17th St, 12th Floor
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303 318-8113
Fax: 303 318-8049

Key Workforce Priorities

  1. Create a business-driven system engaging education, workforce, and economic development in an ongoing feedback loop that ensures we respond to business needs with urgency and relevancy.
  2. Provide for business needs that leverage sectors and emerging jobs to remain competitive in a changing economy
  3. Create statewide retention initiatives to help maintain business vitality, employee retention, advancement and economic growth in Colorado
  4. Provide focus and support for lifelong and career-focused education (K-12 thru Senior Citizens) incorporating a set of innovative programs that engages our youth and internships to expose High School/College students to the Colorado business environment

Fast Facts

  • At 8.8%, Colorado's unemployment rate in December, 2010, was slightly lower than the national average.
  • Employment increased in four of Colorado’s eleven major industry sectors during 2010, including education and health services, leisure and hospitality, professional & business services, and trade, transportation and utilities.
  • In 2010, other Colorado industries continued to decline, including construction, information, financial activities, and manufacturing.
  • In December 2010, Colorado posted a year over year gain in wage and salaries for the first time in 2 1/2 years.

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