Counties with the highest unemployment in New Mexico

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May 31, 2024
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Counties with the highest unemployment in New Mexico

Despite a relatively low unemployment rate just shy of 4%, as compared to the COVID-19 pandemic peak of 14.7% in April 2020, the fear of job losses remains amid ongoing economic uncertainty.

Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rates in New Mexico using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. Counties are ranked by their preliminary unemployment rate in April 2024, with initial ties broken by the number of unemployed people within that county, though some ties may remain. County-level unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Economists forecast a waning risk of recession and predict that the U.S. may instead be headed for an incremental slowdown in growth known as a "soft landing." Still, layoffs among major U.S. employers like Amazon to Tesla have sparked concern among Americans. What's more, unemployment has spiked in nearly half the country's states, which often indicates a looming recession, an economist told Business Insider. And with sky-high prices after a period of record inflation, savings and unemployment payments may not cover basic expenses for jobless Americans for long.

For comparison, the Great Recession of 2007-09 sent unemployment rates up to 10% as of October 2009, and a full recovery took years.

Still, as of April 2024, the national unemployment rate remains relatively low at 3.9%—little changed from the previous month. Regional and state employment varies widely depending on local economies. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state vary, ranging from just 2% in North Dakota to 5.3% in California.

Read on to see the counties with the highest unemployment in New Mexico.

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#33. Los Alamos County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 1.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,859 people (187 unemployed)

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#32. Eddy County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.3%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 33,920 people (782 unemployed)

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#31. Union County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 1,490 people (38 unemployed)

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#30. Curry County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 22,071 people (569 unemployed)

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#29. De Baca County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 699 people (19 unemployed)

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#28. Lincoln County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 8,595 people (229 unemployed)

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#27. Santa Fe County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 72,364 people (2,047 unemployed)

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#26. Guadalupe County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.9%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,767 people (52 unemployed)

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#25. Roosevelt County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 8,775 people (255 unemployed)

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#24. Grant County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 2.9%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: No change
- Total labor force: 12,227 people (353 unemployed)

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#23. Bernalillo County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 343,509 people (10,319 unemployed)

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#22. Rio Arriba County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 16,800 people (516 unemployed)

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#21. Lea County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.1%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 30,537 people (935 unemployed)

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#20. Otero County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 25,040 people (807 unemployed)

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#19. Sandoval County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.2%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 69,353 people (2,246 unemployed)

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#18. Hidalgo County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,627 people (55 unemployed)

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#17. Colfax County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.4%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,063 people (171 unemployed)

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#16. Chaves County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 26,857 people (928 unemployed)

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#15. Valencia County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.1 percentage points
- Total labor force: 31,522 people (1,116 unemployed)

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#14. Harding County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.6 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.6 percentage points
- Total labor force: 274 people (10 unemployed)

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#13. San Miguel County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 11,219 people (411 unemployed)

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#12. San Juan County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.7%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 50,051 people (1,838 unemployed)

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#11. Catron County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.1 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 1,121 people (43 unemployed)

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#10. Mora County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.7 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,058 people (78 unemployed)

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#9. Socorro County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.4 percentage points
- Total labor force: 6,067 people (233 unemployed)

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#8. Taos County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 3.8%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Down 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 14,763 people (561 unemployed)

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#7. Quay County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.0%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.5 percentage points
- Total labor force: 2,824 people (112 unemployed)

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#6. Dona Ana County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.2%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 102,891 people (4,271 unemployed)

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#5. McKinley County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.5%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 23,525 people (1,057 unemployed)

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#4. Torrance County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.2 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.3 percentage points
- Total labor force: 5,442 people (251 unemployed)

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#3. Cibola County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 4.6%
--- 1-month change: Up 0.3 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 8,347 people (386 unemployed)

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#2. Sierra County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 6.4%
--- 1-month change: No change
--- 1-year change: Up 0.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 3,827 people (246 unemployed)

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#1. Luna County

- April unemployment rate (preliminary): 12.2%
--- 1-month change: Down 0.4 percentage points
--- 1-year change: Up 1.2 percentage points
- Total labor force: 10,250 people (1,246 unemployed)

This story features data reporting by Paxtyn Merten and is part of a series utilizing data automation across 50 states.

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