Booster Shots, Winter Jobs & Driving
COVID-19 Still in Lake County
“We continue to see cases largely in our unvaccinated population. Getting a vaccine is the single most important action you can take to protect you, your family, friends and the community,” read the latest press release distributed to media outlets by the Lake County Public Health Agency (LCPHA) on September 19, 2021.
Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending that moderately to severely immunocompromised people receive an additional vaccine dose of COVID-19 (either Pfizer or Moderna).
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is meeting today and LCPHA expects there to be updates on boosters for the general community. Lake County Public Health Agency will continue to collaborate with community partners to offer future vaccination clinics for booster doses and will publicize clinic dates and times when more information becomes available.
“Vaccines have proven to be safe and effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalizations and death,” the information stated. The first population to be vaccinated in Lake County was first responders and healthcare workers. It is likely that booster doses for this group will be available in late September 2021.
“We will continue to monitor the situation through the weekend and provide an update early next week,” the agency concluded.
Remember to stay home when sick, get tested, quarantine and isolate as needed and get vaccinated. Find vaccine scheduling information here: https://www.lakecountyoem.org/covid-19
Is It Winter Driving Season Already?
By Master Trooper Gary Cutler
I guess it’s that time of year to make sure everyone is ready for the impending snow season. This is mostly a list of making sure you haven’t taken anything out of your vehicles that you may need when you are traveling this winter.
Let’s go over the basics. Are your tires in good condition and do they have at least 3/16th inch of tread as required? I know you don’t take these out of your vehicle, but do you usually run snow tires during the winter? It’s a good time to get ready and make sure the tires are in good condition, and there are no cracks or rubber missing from them.
Now to make sure that if we, unfortunately, get stuck, do we have what it takes not to be in really dangerous trouble. If you have read my articles before you know that I’m a fan of your trusty shovel. I’ve gotten out of a lot of predicaments using mine. If you have to use the shovel, then you will be wanting water after having shoveled the heavy snow. Have some of it with you along with snacks. You have to keep that strength going.
If it looks like the shovel may not be the answer this time, be prepared to stay the night. Blankets and a flashlight will keep you company through the night. If you plan on using the vehicle’s heater, make sure the exhaust pipe is clear and you have a window cracked to allow airflow in the vehicle.
Try to stay with your vehicle. This is the safest place since rescuers will be looking for it because you were thinking ahead and told someone your travel plans and route in case something like this happened.
Some other items that should be staples in your vehicle are matches, toilet paper, a coat that is warm enough for a stay in the mountains, and a change of clothes in case you get wet.
And finally, sometimes it just safer to stay home if it looks like there might be bad weather in the forecast. The ride might be safer next week. As always, safe travels!
Colorado State Patrol Master Trooper Gary Cutler is a Public Information Officer and regular contributor to Leadville Today.
August Unemployment Rates Creep Down
Lake County along with many others across the state saw a slight dip in their unemployment rate for August 2021 according to a report issued to media outlets by the Northwest Workforce Region Business Workforce Area office. Lake County’s percent dropped to 5.0% nearly an entire percentage point from the prior three month (may-June-July 2021) where the unemployment rate held steady at 5.9%.
In other employment news on October 6 there is going to be a Mountain Town Winter Job Fair, but first, organizers – the Northwest Colorado Workforce Area – are giving businesses who will be hiring the opportunity to get their Help Wanted message in front of hundreds of job seekers. It’s free. It’s virtual. And it’s statewide but focused on mountain town businesses hiring for the upcoming winter season.
If you are unfamiliar with using the Premier Virtual platform or if you need assistance setting up a “booth,” the NWCO staff can help! Contact your Lake County representative, Mark Hoblitzell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970.880.4092, if you have any questions.
Unemployment Household Survey Data: August 2021
According to the survey of households, Colorado’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell two-tenths of a percentage point in August to 5.9 percent. This marks the first time since March 2020 that the state’s unemployment rate has been below six percent. The national unemployment rate also declined by two-tenths of a percentage point to 5.2 percent.
Other Highlights: August 2021
Colorado’s labor force decreased by 2,300 in August to 3,193,200. The share of Coloradans participating in the labor force was 68.3 percent last month. The state continues to experience a faster rate of recovery in the participation rate than the U.S.
The number of individuals employed in Colorado grew by 4,700 in August to 3,004,200, which represents 64.2 percent of the state’s 16+ population. Colorado has one of the highest employment-to-population ratios in the nation, ranking 7th in July.
The Colorado counties with the highest unemployment rates in August were: Pueblo (7.9%), Huerfano (7.8%), Las Animas (6.8%), Fremont (6.5%), and Adams (6.2%). County-level Business highlights: Employers in Colorado added 5,600 nonfarm payroll jobs from July to August for a total of 2,736,600 jobs, according to the survey of business establishments. Private-sector payroll jobs increased by 5,000 and the government added 600 jobs. Over the past 16 months, Colorado has gained back 293,400 of the 375,800 nonfarm payroll jobs lost between February and April of last year. That translates to a job recovery rate of 78.1 percent, which exceeds the U.S. rate of 76.2 percent.
Job Gains Highlights: August 2021
Private industry sectors with significant job gains in August were: leisure and hospitality (~3,700), other services (~1,900), professional and business services (~1,500), and trade, transportation, and utilities (~1,100). Significant over the month private-sector job loss occurred in education and health services (~1,600) and financial activities (~1,200).
Since August 2020, nonfarm payroll jobs have increased 117,400, with the private sector growing by 104,500 jobs and the government adding an additional 12,900 jobs. The largest private-sector job gains were in leisure and hospitality (~47,100), professional and business services (~24,500), and trade, transportation, and utilities (~19,100). During that same period construction (~2,200) and manufacturing (~600) payroll jobs declined. Colorado’s rate of job growth over the past year is 4.5 percent, compared to the U.S. rate of 4.3 percent.
Over the year, the average workweek for all Colorado employees on private nonfarm payrolls was unchanged at 34.3 hours, while average hourly earnings increased from $30.69 to $32.19, a dollar and forty-six cents more than the national average hourly earnings of $30.73