Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with an April unemployment rate of 19.7%, down from the revised March unemployment rate of 20.4%, and down from the April 2012 rate of 20.1%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 13.4%. Luna and Mora were the only two New Mexico counties with double-digit unemployment.
Rounding out the top five counties with the highest unemployment rates in the state in April are Taos at 9.1%, Guadalupe at 8.8%, and McKinley with 8.1% unemployment.
In our area, Grant County had 6.3% unemployment in April, Hidalgo County had 6.6% and the Las Cruces area had 7.1%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.3%.
The state unemployment rate for March – at 6.7% – was down slightly from the March revised rate of 6.9%, and the April 2012 rate of 7%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,017 – with 9,651 employed and 2,366 unemployed.