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SANTA FE – It’s no secret that COVID-19 has devastated New Mexico’s tourist economy, manifested by the various restrictions placed on hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses – as well as the number of unemployed people.
At Wednesday’s Legislative Finance Committee in Cloudcroft, Economic Development Secretary Alicia Keyes showed legislators unemployment rates in every county. Taos County led the rest, with a staggering 30% of its residents receiving unemployment benefits.
Officials from Taos County said the area’s economy relies heavily on tourists, and their absence has hurt local businesses.