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    1. Jobless-rate moves in 2014: Colorado best, Louisiana worst

      Jobless-rate moves in 2014: Colorado best, Louisiana worst

      WASHINGTON (AP) — Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter.

      Across the country, changes in unemployment rates varied from state to state in 2014, but collectively the numbers pointed to a year of substantial improvement: Jobless rates fell in 46 states, and every one except Mississippi added jobs.

      Even Louisiana's gain masked some good news: The state added a healthy number of jobs — just not enough to keep up with population growth.

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    2. Colorado Springs faces tough question: Where have all the workers gone?

      Colorado Springs faces tough question: Where have all the workers gone?

      On the surface, the numbers are encouraging: The Colorado Springs area's unemployment rate declined by nearly a third, from 7.8 percent in October 2013 to 5.4 percent in October of this year.

      But dig a little deeper, and a bleaker picture emerges. Nearly half of the drop in the jobless rate resulted from more than 3,500 area residents leaving the local labor force. The cause is unclear, since there's no up-to-the-minute Census data that might help explain it.

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    3. Increased drone use creates a buzz at Castle Rock shop

      Increased drone use creates a buzz at Castle Rock shop

      By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com -

      Castle Rock - The buzzing noise coming from Santa's sleigh as it flies over Colorado this week won't be the reindeer kicking into high gear. It will be from drones that Santa will deliver to good children and adults this year.

      Since the state's first store specializing in hobbyist and commercial drone technology opened Nov. 1 in Castle Rock, the gadgets have been flying out the door at a steady clip. Many will land under the tree.

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    4. 14 cities get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants

      14 cities get Bloomberg 'innovation team' grants

      NEW YORK (AP) — Fourteen cities ranging from Long Beach, California, to Jerusalem are getting money from former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's foundation to create "innovation teams" to jump-start new approaches to poverty, public safety, job growth and other issues.

      New York-based Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners Monday. They'll receive from $400,000 to $1 million annually for three years.

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    5. Colorado Springs area business events starting Dec. 7, 2014

      Colorado Springs area business events starting Dec. 7, 2014

      PBX (Premier Business Exchange) - 8-9:30 a.m., LegalShield Success Center, 1120 N. Circle Drive, Suite 10; 243-3174, mbrshow.com/pbx.htm.

      CC&V Coffee Club - 10 a.m., CC&V Visitor Center, 371 E. Bennett Ave., Cripple Creek, free; 689-2341, 689-4052.

      Pikes Peak Workforce Center - Social Media - Expanding Your Connections, 10 a.m.-noon, Citizens Service Center, 1675 Garden of the Gods Road, free. Registration required: ppwfc.org.

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    6. The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding

      The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding

      When you think of tech startups, you probably think Northern California. Companies there receive the largest share of funding from venture capitalists, but there are several other notable pockets around the country.

      In the first nine months of the year, venture capitalists poured $24 billion into tech startups around the country. About half of that funding went to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, according to the National Venture Capital Association.

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    7. Report: Hewlett-Packard to split in 2 companies

      Report: Hewlett-Packard to split in 2 companies

      Personal computer and printer maker Hewlett-Packard Co. reportedly plans to split itself into two separate companies by spinning off its technology services business.

      The Wall Street Journal reported the pending split Sunday citing people familiar with the matter, who said the company announcement could come as soon as Monday. A spokeswoman for HP declined to comment.

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    8. Insurance software company expands in downtown Colorado Springs

      Insurance software company expands in downtown Colorado Springs

      Colorado Springs-based Insurance Technologies is expanding its downtown office in response to customer demand.

      The company, which creates and provides software for insurance and financial service firms, announced this week that it has experienced a 30 percent increase in life and annuity customers in the past year, so it is expanding its office space by about one-third and adding employees.

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    9. Six days devoted in Colorado Springs to inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them find backers

      Six days devoted in Colorado Springs to inspiring entrepreneurs, helping them find backers

      Denver has one. So do the booming northern Colorado towns of Fort Collins and Boulder.

      Now, it's Colorado Springs' turn to experience Startup Week, a six-day series of events designed to raise awareness about and celebrate the accomplishments of entrepreneurs - and perhaps inspire others to start new companies.

      More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the nearly 30 events during Colorado Springs' inaugural event, which comes the week after Denver's.

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