Mark Harden – News Director-Denver Business Journal
Colorado’s Weld County, which has seen a recent surge in oil and gas development, enjoyed the biggest percentage job gain among 339 of the largest U.S. counties over the one-year period ending March 31, according to a federal report Thursday.
Two other Colorado counties were in the top 25 for job gains, and Denver County came in at No. 31.
Weld County employment grew by 7.5 percent over the 12-month period, more than quadruple the national gain of 1.7 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ quarterly County Employment and Wages report. The second-biggest percentage gain was in York County, South Carolina, up 6.4 percent.
In particular, Weld County’s natural resources and mining jobs — a category that includes energy — soared 24.1 percent over the year, with the county adding 2,145 jobs in that category.