Economy

Take a job, create another
Take a job, create another
Despite mounting evidence, the myth of job-stealing immigrants persists.
Why save the small town?
Why save the small town?
Cities may seem inevitable, but rural communities are finding ways to hang on.
Infographic: Where in the West young people are moving
Infographic: Where in the West young people are moving
Some counties in the region buck the aging trend.
Game of drones
Game of drones
Nevada looks to the boom in unmanned aerial vehicles for an economic boost.
The oil boom hasn't busted, but it's straining at the seams
The oil boom hasn't busted, but it's straining at the seams
Oil patch communities and states are starting to feel the impacts of sliding prices.
Conflicting forecasts for natural gas
Conflicting forecasts for natural gas
A new study suggests that estimates for U.S. supplies may be vastly overstated.
Chevrolet just helped bring grasslands into the carbon market
Gentrification comes to Denver
Gentrification comes to Denver
With the right policies, the city can be desirable and affordable.
A guide to the new Senate
A guide to the new Senate
What incoming Republican chairs might do for the West.
Analyst challenges predictions for Western oil booms
Analyst challenges predictions for Western oil booms
North Dakota and Texas fields could be at a fraction of current productivity by 2040, says a new report.
Will falling oil prices kill the shale revolution?
Will falling oil prices kill the shale revolution?
The current drilling boom is more sensitive to price fluctuations than its predecessors.
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
The Latest: When wind and solar need reliable backup power
Western grid operators can now buy backup power on a real-time, open market to smooth intermittent renewables.
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
Offshore oil rigs can provide prime fish habitat
But will California's platforms stay in the ocean once the oil runs out?
About the price of oil
About the price of oil
Since rig counts follow oil prices, the current slump will hurt Western economies.
The 21st century's Hoover Dam?
The 21st century's Hoover Dam?
What a huge Wyoming wind and Utah storage project tell us about the West's energy landscape.
Colorado’s first legal hemp harvest since 1957 is underway
Colorado’s first legal hemp harvest since 1957 is underway
But a ban on seed transport hampers farmers.
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion
Outdoor recreation businesses say state water plan must do more to protect rivers.
Is Denver the Houston of the Rockies — again?
Is Denver the Houston of the Rockies — again?
Even greenie hotspots get their economic mojo from fossil fuels.
Rural and small town employment still lags
Rural and small town employment still lags
Metro areas are bouncing back from the Great Recession more quickly.
Fur flies over Montana bobcat farm
Fur flies over Montana bobcat farm
Will animal rights activists keep a bobcat farmer from setting up shop in Montana?
Hurdles mount for Northwest coal exports
Hurdles mount for Northwest coal exports
How high are the stakes for Western coal producers?
Nevada wins the Tesla battery factory giga-race
Nevada wins the Tesla battery factory giga-race
Massive incentive package raises questions about corporate welfare.
Gear companies go local
Gear companies go local
A new crop of manufacturers try to succeed without selling out.