The majority of Pueblo's workers are employed in government, education, healthcare, construction and the leisure & hospitality sectors. The combined total of service jobs provide over 80% of the positions. Steel fabrication still provides numerous jobs in Pueblo. Telemarketing call centers, manufacturing, electronics and aviation companies are also sources of employment. It should be noted that many Pueblo residents work outside of the county, mostly in the Colorado Springs region.
Shown below is a list of the largest employers in the Pueblo area:
- Pueblo School System - Education
- Parkview Medical Center - Health services
- St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center - Health services
- Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo - Health services
- Pueblo County - Government
- Convergys Corporation - Telemarketing
- Trane - Manufacturing
- Rocky Mountain Steel Mills - Manufacturing
- Walmart - Retail trade
- QualMed Inc - healthcare maintenance organization
- Benesight Inc - Medical claims processing
Some of the jobs more prevalent in Pueblo than most other cities are telemarketers, healthcare technologists and technicians, mental health counselors, personal and home care aides, structural iron and steel workers, community and social service specialists and cement masons and concrete finishers.
Pueblo utilizes a portion of the sales tax to provide funds to attract jobs to the city. Companies that have projects that meet specific requirements are eligible for the funds. The Pueblo Primary Job Training Program offers pre-employment training and training of primary workers upon first being hired. State and federal tax credits are also available to encourage business expansion in Pueblo. The Pueblo Urban Enterprise Zone offers numerous advantages to companies operating within the zone.
Noteworthy information about Pueblo: Vestas has announced it will construct one of the world's largest wind turbine tower manufacturing facilities in Pueblo. Pueblo has been ranked in Money Magazine's "Best places to live" list. About 17% of the population over the age of 25 have a bachelor's degree or higher. The cost of living index in 2008 was 83.2. The nation's average is 100.
Pueblo companies may obtain assistance from business organizations such as:
The Pueblo Chieftain Online offers up-to-date information regarding the business activities in Pueblo.