Labor and Wages


Current Labor Force – Lea County

July 2018
Total Civilian Labor Force 29,995
Total Employed 27,662
Total Unemployed 1,333
Unemployment Rate 4.6%
Source: NM Department of Workforce Solutions – updated 9/2018

2018

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 28,231 28,359 28,074 28,217
Total Employed 26,811 27,030 26,828 27,166
Total Unemployed 1,420 1,329 1,247 1,051
Unemployment Rate 5.0% 4.7% 4.4% 3.7%

2017

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 26,322 26,673 26,358 25,846 25,854 26,134 26,456 26,673 26,963 27,589 27,874 27,739 26,707
Total Employed 24,024 24,501 24,294 23,930 23,977 24,045 24,358 24,782 25,201 25,928 26,315 26,325 24,807
Total Unemployed 2,298 2,172 2,064 1,916 1,877 2,089 2,098 1,891 1,762 1,661 1,559 1,414 1,900
Unemployment Rate 8.7% 8.1% 7.8% 7.4% 7.3% 8.0% 7.9% 7.1% 6.5% 6.0% 5.6% 5.1% 7.1%

2016

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 28,777 29,017 28,455 28,576 28,422 27,224 28,214 27,467 26,532 26,113 26,047 26,477 27,657
Total Employed 26,639 26,819 26,130 26,231 25,939 24,172 25,427 24,778 23,968 23,660 23,756 24,234 25,210
Total Unemployed 2,138 2,198 2,325 2,345 2,483 3,052 2,787 2,689 2,564 2,453 2,300 2,243 2,447
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 7.6% 8.2% 8.2% 8.7% 11.2% 9.9% 9.8% 9.7% 9.4% 8.8% 8.5% 8.8%

2015

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 30,373 30,794 30,884 31,322 29,423 31,269 31,408 29,335 29,288 29,779 29,411 28,384 30,288
Total Employed 29,163 29,366 29,411 29,826 27,678 29,240 29,432 27,390 27,257 27,724 27,350 26,342 28,508
Total Unemployed 1,210 1,428 1,473 1,496 1,745 2,029 1,976 1,945 2,031 2,055 2,061 2,042 1,780
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 4.6% 4.8% 4.8% 5.9% 6.5% 6.3% 6.6% 6.9% 6.9% 7.0% 7.2% 5.9%

2014

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 29,506 29,768 29,721 29,949 29,868 30,572 30,704 30,195 30,308 30,596 30,658 30,454 30,192
Total Employed 28,229 28,394 28,384 28,800 28,642 28,985 29,258 28,893 29,026 29,378 29,463 28,390 28,904
Total Unemployed 1,277 1,374 1,337 1,149 1,226 1,587 1,446 1,302 1,282 1,218 1,195 1,064 1,288
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 4.6% 4.5% 3.8% 4.1% 5.2% 4.7% 4.3% 4.2% 4.0% 3.9% 3.5% 4.3%

2013

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 29,044 29,327 28,816 28,816 28,891 29,335 29,359 29,040 29,234 29,696 29,685 29,478 29,227
Total Employed 27,694 27,977 27,625 27,750 27,701 27,774 27,960 27,753 27,888 28,290 28,423 28,218 27,921
Total Unemployed 1,350 1,350 1,191 1,066 1,190 1,561 1,399 1,287 1,346 1,406 1,262 1,260 1,306
Unemployment Rate 4.6% 4.6% 4.1% 3.7% 4.1% 5.3% 4.8% 4.4% 4.6% 4.7% 4.3% 4.3% 4.5%

2012

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 27,870 28,120 27,853 27,692 27,636 28,541 28,427 28,094 28,421 28,953 28,835 28,767 28,268
Total Employed 26,372 26,670 26,529 26,560 26,451 27,015 26,995 26,780 27,113 27,616 27,574 27,483 26,930
Total Unemployed 1,498 1,450 1,324 1,132 1,185 1,526 1,432 1,314 1,308 1,337 1,261 1,284 1,338
Unemployment Rate 5.4% 5.2% 4.8% 4.8% 4.3% 5.3% 5.0% 4.7% 4.6% 4.6% 4.4% 4.5% 4.7%

2011

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 26,151 26,216 26,387 26,507 26,661 27,358 27,542 27,699 27,862 27,785 27,883 27,848 27,159
Total Employed 24,424 24,619 24,901 25,119 25,288 25,653 25,941 26,121 26,333 26,299 26,493 26,436 25,636
Total Unemployed 1,727 1,597 1,486 1,388 1,373 1,705 1,601 1,578 1,529 1,486 1,390 1,413 1,523
Unemployment Rate 6.6% 6.1% 5.6% 5.2% 5.1% 6.2% 5.8% 5.7% 5.5% 5.3% 5.0% 5.1% 5.6%

2010

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 25,782 26,042 26,003 26,132 26,014 26,596 26,773 26,316 26,286 26,516 26,550 26,498 26,292
Total Employed 23,456 23,787 23,787 24,008 23,907 24,224 24,498 24,211 24,365 24,685 24,804 24,804 24,211
Total Unemployed 2,326 2,255 2,216 2,124 2,107 2,372 2,275 2,105 1,921 1,831 1,746 1,694 2,081
Unemployment Rate 9.0% 8.7% 8.5% 8.1% 8.1% 8.9% 8.5% 8.0% 7.3% 6.9% 6.6% 6.4% 7.9%

2009

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Average
Total Civilian Labor Force 29,458 29,285 28,785 28,616 28,240 28,520 28,270 27,946 27,676 27,718 27,912 27,524 28,329
Total Employed 28,178 27,741 26,948 26,461 25,859 25,693 25,551 25,334 25,141 25,321 25,558 25,321 26,092
Total Unemployed 1,280 1,544 1,837 2,155 2,381 2,827 2,719 2,612 2,535 2,397 2,354 2,203 2,237
Unemployment Rate 4.3% 5.3% 6.4% 7.5% 8.4% 9.9% 9.6% 9.3% 9.2% 8.6% 8.4% 8.0% 7.9%
Source: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

Average Employment by Industry and Average Weekly Wages

1st Qtr 2018 Average Employment Average Weekly Wage
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting 422 $586
Mining 6,757 $1,449
Utilities 336 $1,848
Construction 3,047 $1,092
Manufacturing 663 $1,964
Wholesale Trade 943 $1,328
Retail Trade 3,047 $573
Transportation and Warehousing 1,779 $1,570
Information 204 $803
Finance and Insurance 643 $1,161
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 426 $1,062
Professional and Technical Services 580 $837
Management of Companies and Enterprises 113 $1,369
Administrative and Waste Services 1,159 $605
Educational Services 128 $764
Health Care and Social Services 2,407 $802
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 49 $367
Accommodation and Food Services 2,965 $352
Other Services, ex. Public Admin 776 $869
Total All Industries 30,415 $1,016
Source: NM Department of Workforce Solutions – updated 9/2018
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 423 494 488 397 391
Mining 8,023 8,808 7,744 5,389 6,071
Utilities 335 339 345 367 331
Construction 3,006 3,212 2,577 2,262 2,525
Manufacturing 1,032 975 905 735 680
Wholesale Trade 1,068 1,038 937 849 882
Retail Trade 3,018 3,232 3,343 3,208 3,130
Transportation & Warehousing 1,576 1,781 1,775 1,370 1,434
Information 307 260 231 226 218
Finance & Insurance 624 626 644 640 651
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 524 534 459 386 399
Professional & Technical Services 609 623 546 515 518
Management of Companies & Enterprises 118 121 119 118 123
Administrative & Waste Services 1,605 1,543 1,315 1,080 1,155
Health Care & Social Services 2,358 2,400 2,441 2,545 2,398
Accommodations & Food Service 2,327 2,416 2,557 2,795 2,867
Other Services, ex. Public Admin 763 818 808 683 751
Total All Industries 31,684 33,275 31,389 27,512 28,447
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting $525 $490 $512 $646 $699
Mining $1,372 $1,442 $1,352 $1,254 $1,382
Utilities $1,482 $1,542 $1,584 $1,558 $1,604
Construction $1,013 $1,110 $1,138 $1,073 $1,091
Manufacturing $1,745 $1,881 $2,108 $1,766 $1,790
Wholesale Trade $1,141 $1,209 $1,228 $1,168 $1,221
Retail Trade $550 $575 $560 $539 $546
Transportation & Warehousing $1,263 $1,400 $1,295 $1,131 $1,303
Information $938 $813 $833 $804 $785
Finance & Insurance $1,009 $1,076 $1,116 $1,033 $1,079
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing $1,255 $1,261 $1,051 $942 $1,027
Professional & Technical Services $1,047 $1,025 $945 $946 $898
Management of Companies & Enterprises $1,532 $1,861 $3,092 $1,451 $1,948
Administrative & Waste Services $641 $669 $638 $615 $679
Health Care & Social Services $641 $679 $721 $729 $760
Accomodations & Food Service $276 $293 $300 $323 $327
Other Services, ex. Public Admin $818 $860 $813 $806 $873
Total All Industries $969 $1,027 $990 $897 $960