FastFacts – April 2015


February 2015 unemployment rates in Routt (3.7%), Moffat (6.3%) and Rio Blanco (6.5%) all represented improvement from the same time one year earlier. The Colorado unemployment rate in February 2015 stood at 4.7% while the U.S. rate was 5.5%.


Mining held its place as the largest industry in terms of total wages for both Moffat and Rio Blanco counties in the third quarter of 2014, accounting for about a fifth of all wages. Construction led the way as the largest wage-producing industry in Routt County.

Retail sales

Latest available state retail sales figures showed Routt County (7%) and Rio Blanco County (5%) outpacing year-to-date figures from the previous year, with Moffat County running behind its previous-year figures by about 6%.

Real estate

February 2015 median list prices for homes were up in Rio Blanco (13%) and Routt (19%) and down by 11% in Moffat County compared to the same time the previous year. Favorable foreclosure ratios were running at lower than 0.5 of every 1,000 homes.


January 2015 coal production was up 47% in Moffat and 86% in Rio Blanco, and down 45% in Routt, compared to the same time the previous year. January 2015 oil and gas production trailed previous-year figures in all three counties.


The end of March found snow-water running 20% to 30% below 10-year averages. Stagecoach and Yamcolo reservoirs were holding at 25% and 14% above usual water levels respectively. The Yampa and White rivers were flowing above 2004-2014 averages.


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