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Economic Outlook Forum to be Presented Dec. 8 by CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 09:16

Nov. 21, 2014 The University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business will present its 50th annual Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum on Monday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Denver. “In 1964, Dean William Baughn had the vision of a consensus forecast developed by our College of Business at the time, the business community and the state government,” said economist Richard Wobbekind, executive director of the Leeds School’s Business Research Division. “This year we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of this partnership in service and outreach to the state of Colorado.” Media Contact: Elizabeth Lock CU-Boulder media... Read more »

BRD's Brian Lewandowski Quoted in Denver Post Jobs Report

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 07:36

Colorado unemployment drops to lowest mark since March 2008 By Howard Pankratz The Denver Post Alyssa McMahon, right, with the Allen Company, talks with Cody Cessna, left, 21, about opportunities at her company during the Youth Job Fair in Broomfield in February. ( Mark Leffingwell, Daily Camera ) Unemployment in Colorado dropped to 4.3 percent in October and the state added 300 nonfarm payroll jobs during the month, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment said Friday. Colorado's unemployment rate was last so low in March 2008. Private sector payroll jobs decreased by 2,100 and government increased by 2,400. The... Read more »

BRD Provides Analysis of Colorado October Jobs Report

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:28

The October jobs report was released for Colorado today, providing an indication of what to expect for the last quarter of 2014. According to the report, the state added 300 jobs for the month, and 60,800 jobs year-over-year in October. September was revised down by nearly 3,100 jobs. The state has recorded 36 months of consecutive monthly gains, and the unemployment rate, at 4.3%, is ninth lowest nationally. Growth in the labor force ranked ninth in percentage terms and seventh in absolute growth. Comparing Colorado job growth to other states, Colorado still remains one of the best recovery states in... Read more »

Business Research Division Research Associate Brian Lewandowski Cited on CompanyWeek

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 18:02

Manufacturing GDP and employment growth accelerate as sector operates below peak levels Article by Brian Lewandowski November 3, 2014, 02:27 pm MST While Colorado’s manufacturing employment is operating below peak levels, industry GDP has continued to set records in the state. In fact, from 2000 to 2013, GDP increased 51%, whereas employment decreased 29%. The manufacturing employment situation, however, has been more positive over the past few years. Beginning in 2001, Colorado recorded 10 consecutive years of manufacturing employment decline, losing 63,400 industry jobs, or 33.8% of employment over the period. In 2011, industry employment began to rebound in the... Read more »

Study: Colorado Counties Experience Rapid Growth Thanks To Oil And Natural Gas

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 09:35

DENVER, October 8, 2014 ─ A new study shows that, in 2012 alone, oil and natural gas development generated over $200 million for Colorado schools, supported nearly 94,000 Colorado jobs, and created over $23 billion in state economic activity. “Thanks to innovations in hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, Colorado’s is playing a leading role in America’s energy revolution,” said API Vice President for Regulatory and Economic Policy Kyle Isakower. “For state leaders, including the governor’s commission, it’s important to understand how vital energy is to the state’s economy, and how much local schools, taxpayers, and workers benefit from responsible energy... Read more »

BRD Analysis of Metrics Along the Colorado Front Range Cited

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 18:02

Weld County had largest percentage increase in employment nationally By Howard Pankratz The Denver Post Posted: 09/18/2014 09:19:12 AM MDT 18 Comments | Updated: 5 days ago Hiring in Weld County continues to outpace employment gains among the nation's 339 largest counties, led by new jobs in construction and oil and gas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the 12 months that ended in March, Weld logged a 7.5 percent increase, the largest gain in the nation. Nationally, employment gained 1.7 percent. Adams County, Weld County's neighbor to the south, reported a 4.7 percent increase. Both counties... Read more »

BRD's Q2 Indicators Report Released by the Colorado Secretary of State's Office

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:54

Contact: Brian Lewandowski, Leeds School, 303-492-3307 brian.lewandowski@colorado.edu Rich Coolidge, Colo. Dept. of State, 303-860-6903 richard.coolidge@sos.state.co.us Andrew Cole, Colo. Dept. of State, 303-860-6903 andrew.cole@sos.state.co.us Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, 303-492-3117 elizabeth.lock@colorado.edu July 25, 2014 Continued Colorado employment growth expected in 2014, says CU-Boulder report Moderate employment expansion in Colorado for the second half of 2014 is expected based on a second-quarter report by the University of Colorado Boulder Leeds School of Business, released today by Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. “Coloradans continue their entrepreneurial spirit and are putting their creative ideas to the test,” said Gessler. “Their leadership and innovation... Read more »

At midyear, Colorado poised for continued growth in 2014, says CU Leeds School

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 08:17

Contact: Richard Wobbekind, 303-492-1147 richard.wobbekind@colorado.edu Brian Lewandowski, Leeds School of Business, 303-492-3307 brian.lewandowski@colorado.edu Elizabeth Lock, CU-Boulder media relations, 303-492-3117 elizabeth.lock@colorado.edu July 10, 2014 At midyear, Colorado poised for continued growth in 2014, says CU Leeds School The Colorado economy continues to outperform the U.S. economy and grow at a magnitude that slightly exceeds previous expectations, according to the midyear economic outlook released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. Colorado’s employment is up by 3 percent year-over-year from May 2013 to May 2014. A total gain of 68,000 jobs in Colorado is expected for 2014 --... Read more »

The State of Colorado Releases Report That Estimates Annual Marijuana Sales

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:44

Colorado estimates state annual pot consumption at 130 metric tons By John Ingold The Denver Post Posted: 07/09/2014 05:55:54 PM MDT 3 Comments | Updated: about 6 hours ago A state-produced study has concluded that high taxes and fewer stores are keeping Colorado medical-marijuana consumers from switching to the recreational cannabis market, a trend that, if it continues, will have a major impact on the state's predicted marijuana tax windfall. The study, released Wednesday, found that out-of-state visitors make up nearly half of recreational marijuana sales in the Denver area — and 90 percent of recreational sales in mountain resort... Read more »

Colorado business confidence inches higher going into third quarter, says CU-Boulder Leeds School

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 10:55

Contacts Richard Wobbekind BRD - Leeds School of Business 303-492-1147 richard.wobbekind@colorado.edu Brian Lewandowski BRD - Leeds School of Business 303-492-3307 brian.lewandowski@colorado.edu Elizabeth Lock CU-Boulder media relations 303-492-3117 elizabeth.lock@colorado.edu July 2, 2014 Colorado business confidence inches higher going into third quarter, says CU-Boulder Leeds School The confidence of Colorado business leaders remains positive and has slightly increased going into the third quarter of 2014, according to the most recent Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder’s Leeds School of Business. The third quarter LBCI posted a reading of 61.2, an increase from 61 last... Read more »


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