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  The U.S. economy suddenly looks a lot weaker. U.S. employers created only 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest in a year, and the unemployment rate ticked up.   The dismal jobs data will fan fears that the economy is sputtering. It also puts President Barack Obama on the defensive five months before his re-election… Continue Reading As US hiring slows, experts ponder what would help

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The federal government is launching a $26 million challenge to manufacturers to foster innovation and job creation through public-private partnerships. The hope is the challenge will help entice private capital to projects that oculd promote cluster-based development in regions across the United States. The government wants to build on the momentum within the manufacturing sector,… Continue Reading Government launches $26 million innovation challenge

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Brunswick Zone to open Wednesday

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Brunswick Zone XL will open its location near InterQuest Parkway and I-25 Wednesday, April 25. The 50,000-square-foot facility has 36 bowling lanes, a two-story laser tag arena, video game arcade, billiards, large-screen TVs, and a bar and grill. Brunswick has been interviewing and hiring staff for the new location and announced this week that it… Continue Reading Brunswick Zone to open Wednesday

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The Colorado Senate is debating a proposal to give bidding preferences to companies that employ local workers for state projects. It’s a centerpiece of the Democrats’ job-creation plan this session, but it lacks Republican support and has gotten strong opposition from business groups. The bill being debated Tuesday would give a bidding preference to companies… Continue Reading CO Senate debates Democrats’ bid preference bill

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President Barack Obama is warning that the U.S. job market will still face “ups and downs” despite Friday’s news that the economy added 120,000 jobs last month. The March employment numbers were down from the more than 200,000 jobs the economy added in each of the previous three months. The unemployment rate dipped to 8.2… Continue Reading Obama warns of ‘ups and downs’ in job market

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The New Elk Coal Mine west of Trinidad says it plans to add workers. The mine owned by Canada-based Cline Mining Corp. plans to hire up to 150 more workers over the next 18 months. General manager Ron Thompson says the mine already employs 320 people, up from fewer than 100 around the time it… Continue Reading New Elk Coal Mine to add jobs in coming months

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Which Wich Superior Sandwiches opened the doors at its first Colorado Springs location today. The shop at University Village on North Nevada Avenue is franchisee Jeff Gordon’s first in Colorado Springs, although he owns seven of the sandwich places in South Denver. And he plans to open another on North Academy Boulevard near Kelly Johnson… Continue Reading Which Wich opens at University Village

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Denver-area leaders head to DC to talk jobs

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City and business leaders from the Denver area are heading to Washington on Friday to discuss jobs and economic development with members of President Barack Obama’s administration. The office of Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says executives from Oakwood Homes, Wells Fargo, Western Union, Frontier Airlines, Arrow Electronics and Colorado Spine Therapy are attending, along with… Continue Reading Denver-area leaders head to DC to talk jobs

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Colorado Springs will have a net gain of 80 Air Force Reserve jobs as the military restructures amid a slowdown in defense spending. Schriever Air Force Base will get most of the additional Colorado jobs announced Tuesday, with 24 full-time positions and 56 part-time. Peterson Air Force Base will gain one full-time position and one… Continue Reading Colorado gains 80 jobs in Air Force realignment

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Manufacturing activity grew more slowly in February as U.S. factories received fewer new orders and paid higher prices for raw materials. The Institute for Supply management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Thursday that its manufacturing index fell last month to 52.4 from 54.1 in January. The reading was the lowest since November. Still,… Continue Reading Manufacturing grows at slower pace in February

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