NM Jobless Rate Third-Worst In Nation

"We're seeing many more people coming into the labor force". Total employment climbed 410 to 793,712.

Farm industries added 1,800 jobs on a month-over basis, while nonfarm industries shed a net 4,900 jobs.

Most of July's increase in Colorado jobs was in federal, state and local government, CDLE said; there was only a small rise in private-sector jobs. Six supersectors in the commonwealth added jobs over the year, with three adding more than 20,000. This constitutes an overall raise of two tenths of a percent from June.

It had remained at 4.3 percent for four straight months.

Those sectors led job losses, followed by construction, professional and business services, and state government. It was down five-tenths of a point from 3.2 percent a year ago.

The Hoosier state still had the seventh lowest jobless rate in the country and was tied with Iowa with third lowest in the Midwest, after only North Dakota and Nebraska, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ads for registered nurses, retail salespersons and tractor-trailer drivers were the most numerous at 914 combined. Resident employment decreased by 16,000, while the unemployment count was down 1,000. The number of claimants decreased by almost 15 percent from a weekly average of 4,900 a year ago to 4,200. Over the year, trade, transportation and utilities gained 1,000 (+0.2 percent) jobs.

New Mexico still hasn't reached pre-recession jobs levels.

The number of people describing themselves as employed in the state rose 9,400 to 2,911,600 in July from June.

Of the states in the region, New Mexico had the second-lowest job growth rate.

Vanessa Coleman

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