New Mexico unemployment rate rises to 6.5 percent in July

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent in July, up from 6.4 percent in June but unchanged from a year earlier.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday the state added 9,600 over the year, a 1.2 percent increase since July 2014 and the strongest over-the-year increase in July since 2007.

Officials say July was New Mexico’s 35th consecutive month of over-the-year job growth.

The education and health services industry led July’s over-the-year job growth with 8,200 jobs, a 6.7 percent gain for the industry and 56 percent of the state economy’s total over-the-year July job growth.

Six other economic sectors including construction and leisure and hospitality added jobs.

Five sectors shed jobs including state and local government, mining, transportation, warehousing and utilities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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