Jobs Council plans legislative initiative

21 Aug 2014


Dan Mayfield | Albuquerque Business Journal - The New Mexico Jobs Council was in full swing on Wednesday morning, with 75 people hashing out employment numbers and figures for four counties.

The Jobs Council is a bipartisan group of legislators, appointed officials, economic developers and industry leaders that is meeting to find ways to bring more jobs, and specifically more economic-base jobs, to New Mexico.

The council met at the Hotel Andaluz Downtown and hashed out several numbers that are critical to a set of recommendations that the council will make to the Legislature. The group was looking at workforce projections over the next 10 years.

The group is being led by economic developer Mark Lautman, who at times encouraged the group, and others times let others lead the discussion.

Overall, the group says that the state needs to create 16,000 economic-base jobs in the next six years, just to get to pre-recession employment levels in New Mexico.

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