Economic Outlook

2009 Building Permits

 

City

County

Residential

240

296

Industrial/Commercial

42

20

Total Permits 

1,481

1,511

Total Value

$95,137,786

$75,200,185

Source: Mesa County Building Dept.

Cost of Living 

Compared to the national average of 100, the average cost of living was 100.0 according to the ACCRA 2009 3rd Quarter Cost of Living Index for the Grand Junction Metropolitan Statistical Area. 

Miscellaneous Goods and Services

97.3

Transportation

100.1

Housing

101.3

Health Care

104.9

Utilities

88.3

Grocery Items

105.2

Total (Average)

100.0

Labor Force

Total Labor Force

81,125

Employed Persons

74,640

Unemployed Persons

6,485

Unemployement Rate

8.0

See additional data and information on the Grand Junction Economic Partnership or on the Business Incubator Center.

Major Employers
Spring 2010

Company:

Number of Employees:

Mesa County School District #51 3,000
St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center 2,068
State of Colorado 995
Mesa County - All Departments 980
WalMart 859
Halliburton Energy 700
Mesa State College 699
Star Tek USA, Inc. 600
City Markets, Inc. 565 
City of Grand Junction 672
Community Hospital 555 
Hilltop Community Resources, Inc. 526 
Family Health West  447 
Rocky Mountain Health Plans  355 
Mesa Developmental Services  300 
West Star Aviation  290 
Choice Hotels  251 
McDonald's  224 
The Daily Sentinel  220 
United Companies  202 
Cabela's  200 
Union Pacific Railroad  187 
Home Depot  145 
GJ Pipe and Supply  124 
Leitner-Poma of America  106 

Source: Grand Junction Economic Partnership 
(Retrieved Dec. 30, 2010)

Mesa County Real Estate Averages

 

2007

2008 

2009* 

Total Sold

3,759

2,883

1,862

Total Value

$934 million

$725 million

$426 million

All Residential (median price)

$220,000

$226,700

$204,000

3-Bedroom (median price)

$218,000

$219,950

$208,000

Condo/Townhome

$167,691

$172,000

$167,250

All Commercial

$324,000

$412,500

$307,500

Vacant Land

$92,500

$96,000

$69,900

*Annualized based on data through November 2009 
Source: Bob Reece, President of Advance Title Company