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Regional Workforce

      The La Plata County Labor Force combines education, talent, skill and a desire to work and live in this amazing corner of our State! The motivation to be a valued employee is high, as living and working in this area is seen by most of us as a privilege.

Labor Force in La Plata County

  • Total Workforce: 37,800
    • Proprietors: 12,000
    • Salaried employees: 25,800
  • Bachelors Degree or higher: 42%
  • High School Diploma or higher: 94%
  • White collar jobs: 60%
  • Blue collar jobs: 39%


Growth of The Active Retiree Segment

In addition to business growth, the continually growing active retiree population here makes significant contributions to the La Plata County economy. Active retirees purchase goods and services with income from outside sources (i.e. transfer payments), bringing “new” money to circulate in the local economy. We find that this group of individuals also brings a great wealth of knowledge and experience to our area — from Retired Five Star Generals to literally rocket scientists, the talent of these individuals does not wane in retirement and is a welcome dimension to our business climate.

You might be interested in the Colorado State Dept. of Labor & Employment Website.


Workforce Development

Having access to a talented workforce is crucial for a successful business.  You won’t have a problem finding them here in La Plata County. Home to Fort Lewis College, Southwest Colorado Community College and neighboring San Juan College in New Mexico, educational opportunities both for degree programs and continuing education are many.

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