New Mexico Jobless Rate-Nation's Highest 6.7%; Colorado-Lowest At 2.3%

May 19, 2017

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in April, the same as March.  That's the highest jobless rate in the nation.  Colorado had the lowest unemployment rate in the country, dropping from 2.6 percent in March to 2.3 percent in April.

A year ago, the state's unemployment rate was 6.6 percent.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that New Mexico's economy added 7,400 jobs between April 2016 and last month.

Six industries added jobs, six posted losses and one was unchanged from March.

Private-sector industries were up 9,000 jobs, representing the largest gain since June 2015.

Leisure and hospitality, which includes accommodation and food services, added 3,300 jobs.

Local government shed 1,600 jobs from March to April while manufacturing was down 900 jobs.

Bernalillo County, the state's most populous county, had a 5.4 percent unemployment rate in April. That was down from 5.8 percent in March.