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The Good News
2019 August/September
Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
GMUG Opens Free Fuelwood Harvest Area
Norwood, CO, July 12, 2019: The Grand Mesa, Un-
compahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National ForestsĄŻ
Norwood Ranger District has opened a free fuelwood
harvest area of decked ponderosa pine on the Uncom-
pahgre Plateau.
Individuals interested in harvesting from these fuel-
wood decks can obtain a permit from either the Nor-
wood or Ouray Ranger District offices.
Permits for personal usage are free, while commercial
usage permits are available for $5 per cord (four cord
minimum). The harvest area will be open from July 15
to October 31, 2019.
The fuelwood decks are remnants of the Horsefly Proj-
ect and are located within the project area, approxi-
mately 20 miles northeast of Norwood.
The Horsefly Project was implemented in partnership
with the Mule Deer Foundation as a continuation of the
Sanborn Park Treatment Project to reduce the potential
for severe wildfires along the wildland-urban interface.
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The Employment Situation
Professional and tech-
nical services added
31,000 jobs in July,
bringing the 12-month
job gain to 300,000.
In July, employment
increased by 11,000
in computer systems
design and related ser-
vices; this industry ac-
counted for about one-
third of employment
growth in professional
and technical services
both over the month
and over the year.
Employment in health
care rose by 30,000
over the month, reflect-
ing a gain in ambula-
tory health care ser-
vices (+29,000). Health
care employment has
increased by 405,000
over the year, with
ambulatory health care
services accounting for
about two-thirds of the
Social assistance added
20,000 jobs in July.
Employment in this in-
dustry has increased by
143,000 over the year.
In July, financial activi-
ties employment rose
by 18,000, with most
of the gain occurring
in insurance carriers
and related activities
Mining employment
declined by 5,000 in
July, after showing little
net change in recent
Manufacturing employ-
ment changed little in
July (+16,000) and
July 2019
Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by
164,000 in July, and the unemployment rate was
unchanged at 3.7 percent, the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics reported August 2.
Notable job gains occurred in professional and
technical services, health care, social assistance,
and financial activities.
This news release presents statistics from two
monthly surveys. The household survey measures
labor force status, including unemployment, by
demographic characteristics. The establishment
survey measures nonfarm employment, hours,
and earnings by industry.
Household Survey Data
The unemployment rate held at 3.7 percent in
July, and the number of unemployed persons was
little changed at 6.1 million.
Among the major worker groups, the unemploy-
ment rate for Asians increased to 2.8 percent in
The jobless rates for adult men (3.4 percent),
adult women (3.4 percent), teenagers (12.8 per-
cent), Whites (3.3 percent), Blacks (6.0 percent),
and Hispanics (4.5 percent) showed little or no
change over the month.
In July, the number of persons unemployed less
than 5 weeks increased by 240,000 to 2.2 mil-
lion, while the number of long-term unemployed
(those jobless for 27 weeks or more) declined
by 248,000 to 1.2 million. The long-term unem-
ployed accounted for 19.2 percent of the unem-
In July, the labor force participation rate was
63.0 percent, and the employment-population
ratio was 60.7 percent. Both measures were little
changed over the month and over the year.
The number of persons employed part time for
economic reasons (sometimes referred to as in-
voluntary part-time workers) declined by 363,000
in July to 4.0 million.
These individuals, who would have preferred
full-time employment, were working part time
because their hours had been reduced or they
were unable to find full-time jobs. Over the past
12 months, the number of involuntary part-time
workers has declined by 604,000.
In July, 1.5 million persons were marginally at-
tached to the labor force, essentially unchanged
from a year earlier. (Data are not seasonally
These individuals were not in the labor force,
wanted and were available for work and had
looked for a job sometime in the prior 12 months.
They were not counted as unemployed because
they had not searched for work in the 4 weeks
preceding the survey.
Among the marginally attached, there were
368,000 discouraged workers in July, down by
144,000 from a year earlier. (Data are not sea-
sonally adjusted.)
Discouraged workers are persons not currently
looking for work because they believe no jobs are
available for them.
The remaining 1.1 million persons marginally at-
tached to the labor force in July had not searched
for work for reasons such as school attendance or
family responsibilities.
Establishment Survey Data
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by
164,000 in July, in line with average employment
growth in the first 6 months of the year.
In 2018, employment gains had averaged
223,000 per month.
In July, notable job gains occurred in profes-
sional and technical services (+31,000), health
care (+30,000), social assistance (+20,000), and
financial activities (+18,000).
thus far in 2019. Job gains in the industry
had averaged 22,000 per month in 2018.
Employment in other major industries,
including construction, wholesale trade,
retail trade, transportation and warehous-
ing, information, leisure and hospitality
and government, changed little over the
In July, average hourly earnings for all
employees on private nonfarm payrolls
rose by 8 cents to $27.98, following an
8-cent gain in June. Over the past 12
months, average hourly earnings have
increased by 3.2 percent. In July, average
hourly earnings of private-sector produc-
tion and nonsupervisory employees rose
by 4 cents to $23.46.
The average workweek for all employees
on private nonfarm payrolls decreased
by 0.1 hour to 34.3 hours in July. In
manufacturing, the average workweek
decreased by 0.3 hour to 40.4 hours,
and overtime declined by 0.2 hour to 3.2
hours. The average workweek of private-
sector production and nonsupervisory
declined by 0.1 hour to 33.5 hours.
The change in total nonfarm payroll em-
ployment for May was revised down by
10,000 from +72,000 to +62,000, and
the change for June was revised down by
31,000 from +224,000 to +193,000.
With these revisions, employment gains
in May and June combined were 41,000
less than previously reported. (Monthly
revisions result from additional reports
received from businesses and govern-
ment agencies since the last published
estimates and from the recalculation of
seasonal factors.)
After revisions, job gains have averaged
+140,000 per month over the last 3
The Employment Situation for August is
scheduled to be released on Friday, Sep-
tember 6, 2019, at 8:30a (EDT).
Firewood Gathering Permits