By most measures, Colorado's economy is doing well. Unemployment is down, house prices are up, and people are flocking to the state. But for the long-term unemployed, it's a different story.
In the most comprehensive forecast of the state’s economy for the coming year, researchers at the University of Colorado expect job growth to continue, but see challenges ahead.
When Governor Ritter and the legislature wrote this year's state budget last spring, they included $212 million in extra money from the federal government.