Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a June unemployment rate of 16.6%.
That figure is down from the May revised rate of 18.7%, and also down from last June's rate of 17.8%.
Following Luna County in the list of New Mexico counties with the worst unemployment is Mora County with 12% unemployment. Those were the only two counties in the state with unemployment greater than 10%.
Rounding out the top five are Guadalupe at 9.7%… McKinley at 9.2%… and Taos at nine-point-one percent.
In our area… Grant County was at 6.8% unemployment in June… Hidalgo County was at 5.2%… and the Las Cruces area was at7.3%. The county with the least unemployment remains Los Alamos with 3.5%.
The state unemployment rate for June – at 6.5% – was down slightly from the May rate of 6.7%. The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 12,554 – with 10,471 employed… and 2,083 unemployed.