New Mexico unemployment rate drops slightly to 6.6 percent

FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015, file photo, job applications and information for the Gap Factory Store sit on a table during a job fair at Dolphin Mall in Miami. Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week of Aug. 2016, another sign the U.S. job market remains healthy despite a downshift in hiring in August. The Labor Department says the number of applications for jobless aid slid by 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 259,000, lowest since mid-July. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s unemployment rate is down slightly.

The Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate dropped to 6.6% in May, down from 6.7% in both April of this year and May of last year.

The department reports that nonfarm payroll employment grew by 7,500 jobs, or just under 1 percent, between May 2016 and May 2017 while eight industries added jobs and five posted losses.

According to the department, the job boost is attributable to gains in private-sector industries.