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Pueblo’s economy drops

By George Autobee, Capt. (Ret.)

Pueblo Takes Economy Hits

“Pueblo is tough, and we’ll get through this” commented State Representative when hearing the news that the Department of Labor and Employment was informed in January by the Receivable Management Services (RMS) call center, they would be laying off 250 or about a third of their work force in Pueblo. In the same month EVRAZ North American Steel Mill the former CF&I/ Rocky Mountain Steel Mill, communicated that they will lay off 200 of their total workforce of 1,200.

Pueblo will undergo a total of 450 jobs lost, in the next few months. The Pueblo unemployment rate was at 5.6 percent in November, up from the 5.2 percent in October 2014. This announcement in the loss of 450 jobs will have negative impact on the unemployment rate.

The RMS layoffs are due to “unforeseen business circumstances and the reduction of work from a major contract serviced from our Pueblo location.” While EVRAZ Steel Mill communicated that “Due to declining oil prices and significant reductions in drilling programs, EVRAZ is making production adjustments and temporarily crewing down where needed,” Commented Melodie Ruse, North American Communications Manager for EVRAZ. The employees were told that they would be called back as new orders come in.

State Representative Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo commented “More than ever, my job in Denver will be to make sure Pueblo has a seat at the table for the state’s economic development efforts.” Representative Esgar and Majority Leader Crisanta Duran, D-Denver are working on a bill that will expand unemployment insurance program to receive and enhanced unemployment insurance benefit, if they receive training with a Colorado company. Participating companies benefit because they don’t need to pay training cost. The bill is part of the workforce development package that the House Democrats are working on and due out in the next several weeks.

Activities in Pueblo

On Saturday, Feb. 14, the Pueblo Latino Democratic Forum will be hosting the 3rd Annual Joe Torres Valentine’s Dinner, at the Favorite Tavern at 5 p.m. Contact John Valdez at

On Saturday, Feb. 14, the Fray Angelico Chavez Chapter of the GSHA will be meeting at the Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center & Museum, 201 West B Street, at 10 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 28 the Latino Chamber of Commerce will be holding their 36th Annual Dinner Celebration at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. RSVP at

On Thursday, March 5 the Pueblo Latino Democratic Forum will be holding it’s monthly meeting.





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