Mesa County's economy is doing surprisingly well given a fall-off in oil and gas jobs.

We say it's surprising simply because our economic performance has ebbed and flowed with drilling activity for so long. But decades of local efforts to diversify the economy are paying off.

Construction, health care, and educational services are leading the way in terms of new employment and wage contribution, according to the most recent quarterly economic update released by Colorado Mesa University Associate Professor of Economics Nathan Perry.

Read more at The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

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