Preliminary figures from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions show Luna County with a December unemployment rate of 17.1%, up from the revised November rate of 15.7%, but down from the December 2012 rate of 18.1%.
Luna County once again had the highest unemployment percentage in the state, followed by Mora with 15%. Those were the only two New Mexico counties with double-digit unemployment.
Other counties with high unemployment rates in the state in December were Taos and McKinley at 8.5% each, and Guadalupe, Rio Arriba and Torrance at 7.8% each.
In our area, Grant County had 6.6% unemployment in December, Hidalgo County had 6% and the Las Cruces area had 6.9%.
The counties with the least unemployment were Eddy and Los Alamos with 3.7% each.
The New Mexico labor force estimates show Luna County with a labor force of 11,745 – with 9,732 employed and 2,013 unemployed.