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State, ABQ-Area Unemployment Rates Decline in April

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Although the four-county region known as the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area added 3,200 jobs between March and April, year-over-year employment continued to decline with a loss of 900 jobs between April 2011 and last month.

Those are among the latest details from the state Department of Workforce Solutions, which reported Albuquerque’s unemployment rate declined from 7.6 percent in March to 7.4 percent in April.

Statewide, 900 jobs were added in the 12 months ending April 30. New Mexico’s unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in April, down from 7.2 percent in March. The national unemployment rate in April was 8.1 percent.

In the 12-month period ending in April, the Albuquerque area lost 1,400 mining, logging and construction jobs, 1,400 professional and business services jobs, 700 federal government jobs and 1,000 local government jobs, according to Workforce Solutions.


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The area posted a 3,000-job gain over the 12-month period in educational and health services, it added 500 manufacturing jobs and 300 jobs each in retail trade and leisure and hospitality.

Unemployment in the Las Cruces area declined to 7 percent in April from 7.2 percent in March. Employment declined 400 jobs in the area.

Santa Fe-area unemployment decreased to 5.3 percent in April from 5.5 percent in March. The area added 100 private sector jobs over the past 12 months, but lost an identical number of government jobs. Only the retail trade, leisure and hospitality and miscellaneous other services employment sectors added jobs in the past 12 months.

Unemployment declined in the Farmington area from 7.3 percent in March to 7.1 percent in June. The area lost 700 jobs in the past 12 months.
— This article appeared on page B1 of the Albuquerque Journal