According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, the state the unemployment rate decreased two-tenths of a percentage point in November to 3.6 percent. That places state unemployment at the lowest level since June 2007. On the Western Slope, however, unemployment more closely reflects the national unemployment rate of 5.0 percent in November 2015. Delta County's unemployment rate is estimated at 5.2 percent, up from 4.8 percent the previous month. In November 2014, the unemployment rate was 5.4 percent. Montrose and Mesa County are at 4.6 and 5.1 percent, respectively.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.