Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a June unemployment rate of 16.5%, down from the revised May unemployment rate of 17.5%, and down from the June 2012 rate of 17.5%.
June is the third straight month of unemployment decline for the county.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment was Mora with 13.4% and McKinley at 10.1%. Those were the only three New Mexico counties with double-digit unemployment.
Rounding out the top five counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state in June were Taos at 9.7% and Guadalupe at 9.6%.
In our area, Grant County had 7.8% unemployment in June, Hidalgo County had 6.8% and the Las Cruces area had 8.5%.
The county with the least unemployment remained Los Alamos with 4.5%.
The state unemployment rate for June – at 6.8% – was up slightly from the May revised rate of 6.7%, but down from the June 2012 rate of 7%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,814 – with 10,702 employed and 2,112 unemployed.