ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico outpaced the national job growth rate on a per capita basis based on data recently posted by the U.S. Department of Labor and the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.
The state’s total nonagricultural employment over the year rose by 20,100 jobs, or 2.4 percent compared to a national job growth rate of 1.4 percent, Workforce Solutions officials said in a news release.
The private sector accounted for a majority of the gains, 17,700 jobs, or 2.4 percent, which placed New Mexico at No. 6 in growth jointly with Alabama, Arizona, and Texas for over the year not seasonally adjusted private sector growth, up from 2.0 percent in August.
Idaho, Nevada, and Utah jointly posted the highest rate at 3.2 percent growth, while the lowest rate was in Oklahoma with 0.1 percent, according to the release.
“We continue to see strong job growth numbers. More companies and job creators are taking notice of our business-friendly policies and environment here in New Mexico,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement.