Luna is the only county in New Mexico to reach the 20% milestone – where we have been the last three months.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a March unemployment rate of 20.5%, up from the revised February unemployment of 20.1%. Last March’s rate was 19.8%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 14.4%.
Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at 9.1%, and Taos and McKinley – both at 8.9%.
In our area, Grant County had 7% unemployment in March, Hidalgo County had 6.9% and the Las Cruces area had 7.7%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.7%.
The state unemployment rate for March – at 6.9% – was up slightly from the February revised rate of 6.8%, and the same as last March’s rate of 6.9%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,152 – with 9,661 employed and 2,491 unemployed.