Workers scarce amid Weld County oil, gas boom

Weld County employers are struggling to fill openings amid the oil and gas boom, with the jobless rate hovering under 4 percent.

The Greeley Tribune reported Saturday the county had gained 3,900 jobs in the first nine months of the year, including 1,900 in the energy and construction industries.

The county now has 95,900 jobs, up 21.5 percent since 2010, when the oil and gas boom hit.

The county unemployment rate was 3.8 percent in September, the latest figures available.

The Greeley-Evans School District says it has trouble keeping bus drivers because commercial drivers are in high demand.

School officials say some teachers have also left for higher-paying oilfield jobs.

Companies say they have raised pay, improved benefits and working conditions and offered sign-on bonuses to attract and retain employees.

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Information from: The Tribune of Greeley, Co 

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