Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with an August unemployment rate of 13.1%.
That figure is down from the July revised rate of 16.5%, and down from last August’s rate of 14.1%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 11.8%.
Those were the only two counties in the state with unemployment greater than 10%. Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at 8.8%, and McKinley and Taos – both with 8.4%.
In our area: Grant County had 6.5% unemployment in August, Hidalgo County had 6%, and the Las Cruces area had 6.5%.
The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.3%.
The state unemployment rate for August – at 6.5% – was down slightly from the July revised rate of 6.6%. The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 13,735 – with 11,941 employed and 1,794 unemployed.