With the highest unemployment in the nation, you’d think job openings in New Mexico must be hard to come by. But a new study by the state Department of Workforce Solutions says there are plenty of jobs available in a number of occupations – from construction, retail and food service to professional services that require more education.
There are just too few qualified people to fill them.
And it isn’t as if there are no opportunities to get qualified for some of these jobs. Associated Builders and Contractors and Associated General Contractors, as well as individual trades, have apprenticeship programs that pay students while they acquire skills. And like the jobs, there are always openings.
Now consider that nearly half of all New Mexicans are on Medicaid, and one in four receives food stamps – all of which are tied to a family’s income. And that if a household earns too much, those benefits shrink or disappear, providing ample incentive to not work, or not work “too much.”