The unemployment rate in Delta County dropped slightly from May to June, but more significantly from a year ago. According to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, unemployment in Delta County is estimated at 6 percent for June 2015, compared to 6.7 percent for June 2014. The labor force increased slightly, from 14,161 to 14,265.
Across the state, the unemployment rate increased one-tenth of a percentage point in June to 4.4 percent. Neighboring counties report 5.8 percent (Montrose) and 6.6 percent unemployment (Mesa).
Three candidates are hoping to bring an end to the Republican-dominated Delta County Board of County Commissioners. Two are Democrats who call themselves men of ideas; the third is an independent candidate who says he's frustrated by the "status quo."