Press Release: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Celebrates the 3.25 Million Coloradans Participating in the Workforce this Labor Day

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For Immediate Release | September 5, 2022

(DENVER) – The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) celebrates the 3,250,500 Coloradans actively participating in our workforce this Labor Day. The state’s labor force participation rate remains at 69.5%, the highest it has been since March 2020. During this first week of Workforce Development Month, CDLE is highlighting the myriad of services provided in partnership with Colorado’s Workforce Centers across the state that contribute to a thriving workforce development system.

The career counselors and staff at Colorado’s 54 Workforce Centers connect workers to local employment, training, and educational opportunities, as well as grants and funding opportunities. They can also support job seekers by improving their interviewing and resume writing skills. Not just a valuable resource for workers, business services representatives at Workforce Centers can assist employers with a wide array of offerings including tax credit information, customized training and apprenticeship programs, recruitment help and more.

Throughout the month, we’ll be showcasing the hardworking staff committed to serving job seekers and employers at Workforce Centers across the state. Staff members like Jamie Sorensen and Cate Cook:


Photo of Jamie Sorenson Jamie is the Resource Room Administrative Specialist in Grand Junction. Jamie is passionate about helping clients grow and succeed in their job searches and career paths. She also loves reading about paranormal activity in her free time!
photo of Cate Cook Cate is the Business Services Representative and Board Liaison in Boulder, serving employers in her community with their business needs. Cate’s service to the workforce started with her very first job as a Yard Sale Attendant running yard sales for her neighbors!



Workforce Centers across the state are hosting a variety of events throughout Workforce Development Month including job fairs, hiring events, workshops and training opportunities.


Upcoming events include:

Montrose Workforce Center Customer Appreciation Day
The local community is invited to visit the Montrose Workforce Center throughout the day to meet or reconnect with staff and learn more about the Workforce Center. Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning, and a taco, chips and guacamole bar will be catered by Qdoba starting at 11 a.m. while supplies last.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 7 at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Montrose Workforce Center
504 N 1st St.
Montrose, CO 81401

Delta Workforce Center Customer Appreciation Day
Come by the Delta Workforce Center to meet with staff, have a treat and enter a drawing to win a tablet! Coffee and local treats will be offered throughout the day!

WHEN: Wednesday, September 7 at 8 a.m.
WHERE: Delta Workforce Center
206 Ute St,
Delta, CO 81416

Call the Delta Workforce Center at 970-874-5781 for more information.

Labor Shortage Panel Discussion and Networking Event
Join the Montrose Workforce Center and the Black Canyon Rotary Club for an engaging panel discussion with four local industry leaders focusing on labor challenges in today's market. A networking event following the panel discussion is sponsored by the Montrose Workforce Center.

WHEN: Thursday, September 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
WHO: Krista Bush, Chow Down Pet Supplies; Dan Soderlind, Black Canyon Surgical Center; Scott Stryker, Stryker Construction; Trish Thibodo, Region 10 WHERE: Montrose Pavilion
1800 E Pavilion Pl.
Montrose, CO 81401

Contact Amanda Waltrip at the Montrose Workforce Center at 970-249-7783 with any questions or for more information.

Cortez Workforce Center Grand Re-Opening The Cortez Workforce Center recently moved to a new location at 22 W. North Street in downtown Cortez. The community is invited to celebrate the new space, meet and reconnect with the staff, enjoy ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery and enter a drawing to win an Android tablet. WHEN: Wednesday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. WHERE: Cortez Workforce Center 22 W. North Street Cortez, CO 81321

Contact the Cortez Workforce Center at 970-565-3759 for more information.

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