remained at 20% -- a slight drop from the 20.2% revised January unemployment rate for the area.
Luna is the only county in New Mexico to top the 20% milestone the last two months, and one of only two counties in the state with double-digit unemployment.
Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a February unemployment rate of 20% even. Last February’s rate was 19.8%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 15%. Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at 9.7%, Taos at 9.5% and McKinley at 9.1%.
In our area, Grant County had 7.7% unemployment in February, Hidalgo County had 7.4% and the Las Cruces area had 7.2%. The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 4.2%.
The state unemployment rate for February – at 6.8% – was up slightly from the January
revised rate of 6.6% but down from last February’s rate of 7%.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 11,964 – with
9,566 employed and 2,398 unemployed.