Economic Dashboard April 2019

How is the economy right now in Durango and La Plata County?

Find out the latest on our employment, home construction, tourism, and other key measures of our local economic performance. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we can walk you through what the data means.

Local Economic Conditions

April 2019

Graph of Y-O-Y Economic Indicator April 2015- 2019

Economic conditions in La Plata County from Apr 2015 to Apr 2019.

Summary
Improved (+) 5
No Change (o) 7
Declined (-) 7
Improved (Declined) (2)
Current Last Month Last Year

Change

(vs Last Year)

Workforce
  Labor Force 32,189 31,494 32,039 o
  Unemployment Rate (%) 2.6 3.1 2.3
  Labor Force Participation (%) 56.6 55.4 57.1 o
  Job Openings 1,183 715 924 +
8
Construction & Housing
  New Permits (to Date) 22 16 71
  Value of Permits ($,000) (to Date) 129,829 125,008 31,095 +
  Home Sales 71 56 209
  Average Home Price ($) 499,750 496,764 486,673 +
  Earnings Needed* ($) 87,000 85,800 85,000 +
8
Travel & Tourism
  Enplanements 13,480 15,766 13,734 o
  Lodgers Tax ($) 55,452 43,493 61,323
  Train Visitors 3,895 3,818 3,737 +
8
Gas & Oil
  New Permits (to date) 0 0 52
  Production (mmcf) 0 17,176 23,948
8
Other
Sales Tax, Durango ($,000)** 1,357 1,061 1,363 o
Commercial Sales ($,000) (to date) 3,414 1,389 12,153
Foreclosures (to date) 14 11 19
  Energy Use
     Commercial (mwh) 57,500 55,262 52,775 +
     Commercial Accounts 6,508 6,481 6,461 o

Notes:

*”Earnings needed” is the household income necessary to purchase an average-priced home in La Plata County.

**Sales tax for Durango includes Use Tax.

Sources: Employment: Colorado Department of Labor and US Census Construction & Housing: City of Durango, La Plata County, Mortgage-X.com, and the Wells Group  Travel & Tourism: City of Durango, Durango Area Tourism Organization (DATO), and Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad   Gas & Oil: Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission  Other: City of Durango (Sales tax and business permits), La Plata County Treasurers Office (Foreclosures),  and LPEA (Energy Use) (LPEA data is unaudited)

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