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State of New Mexico Demographics
Located in the Southwest region, the Land of Enchantment is known for abundant natural resources, federal military bases and research centers, and an excellent transportation infrastructure. Historically a ranching and mining state, today new Mexico’s economy is driven by crude oil and natural gas production, federal government spending, and high-tech and commercial space industries. Economic challenges include an over dependence on public sector employment, low per capita income, and some of the poorest rural areas in the U.S. (Source: New Mexico Economic Development Dept.)
The latest employment scorecard for the State of New Mexico for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. New Mexico is a state with a mixed employment scorecard. The civilian labor force grew only 0.21 percent, the labor force participation rate was basically flat, with a low 57.6 percent, and the unemployment rate remained fairly high at 6.3 percent, despite declining 0.5 percent over the twelve-month window. You can view what jobs are available in New Mexico, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.
View more New Mexico demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of New Mexico below. More employment information for the State of New Mexico and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.
Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by health care and social assistance; retail trade; accommodation and food services; and professional and technical services, respectively.
The largest employers in the state (as of December 2013) include the State of New Mexico (total offices and departments), University of New Mexico (Campuses, Hospital, Medical Group), Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico State University, Central New Mexico Community College, Kirtland Air Force Base (DOD, Active Duty, Civil Svc., excludes SNL), Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Presbyterian Healthcare, and City of Albuquerque. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)
Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)
12.11% increase since 2000 census.
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