New Mexico Adds 6,000 Jobs in One Year

Monday, November 25, 2013

SANTA FE — New Mexico had a net gain of 6,900 jobs in a year, state Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela said Wednesday.

Appearing before the Legislative Finance Committee, Barela said 10,000 private-sector jobs were created between August 2012 and August of this year. But during that span, the state lost 3,100 government jobs, mostly at the federal level, he said.

Barela said he was cautiously optimistic about the economy because of those statistics.

The downside of losing so many government jobs is that New Mexico is the state most heavily dependent on federal spending, he said.

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