ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico continues its standing as worst in the nation for raising its employment rate back to the level it was at before the Great Recession, according to the most recent figures from Pew Charitable Trusts.
The new figures measure the share of people in their prime working years, 25- to 54-year-olds, who have jobs.
Although the country as a whole is still behind the pre-recession level of 2007, New Mexico lags more than any other state.
For every 100 prime-working-age New Mexicans, about 72 percent are employed now. In 2007, that figure was about 79 percent.