Labor and Wages


Current Labor Force – Lea County

July 2015
Total Civilian Labor Force 31,413
Total Employed 29,434
Total Unemployed 1,979
Unemployment Rate 6.3%
Source: NM Department of Workforce Solutions – updated 8/2015

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 31,219 31,269 31,413
Total Employed 29,163 29,366 29,411 29,826 29,599 29,240 29,434
Total Unemployed 1,210 1,428 1,473 1,496 1,620 2,029 1,979
Unemployment Rate 4.0% 4.6% 4.8% 4.8% 5.2% 6.5% 6.3%

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 2015  Average Employment Average Weekly Wage
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, and Hunting 478 $478
Mining 8,848 $1,363
Utilities 339 $1,783
Construction 2,830 $1,015
Manufacturing 948 $2,523
Wholesale Trade 1,010 $1,276
Retail Trade 3,315 $550
Transportation and Warehousing 1,878 $1,330
Information 226 $848
Finance and Insurance 640 $1,138
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 447 $1,055
Professional and Technical Services 593 $831
Management of Companies and Enterprises 119 $1,963
Administrative and Waste Services 1,613 $626
Educational Services * *
Health Care and Social Services 2,416 $690
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation * *
Accommodation and Food Services 2,522 $290
Other Services, ex. Public Admin 829 $805
Total All Industries 33,261 $997
Source: NM Department of Workforce Solutions – updated 8/2015
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 313 327 342 380 423 494
Mining 5,539 5,857 6,271 7,497 8,023 8,808
Utilities 285 318 328 333 335 339
Construction 2,408 2,088 2,530 2,477 3,006 3,212
Manufacturing 836 881 952 1,043 1,032 975
Wholesale Trade 1,009 919 982 1,082 1,068 1,038
Retail Trade 2,669 2,694 2,887 2,962 3,018 3,232
Transportation & Warehousing 1,080 1,008 1,342 1,613 1,576 1,781
Information 319 302 307 315 307 260
Finance & Insurance 655 674 670 591 624 626
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 355 351 458 468 524 534
Professional & Technical Services 578 550 558 588 609 623
Management of Companies & Enterprises 116 122 115 116 118 121
Administrative & Waste Services 1,427 1,509 1,624 1,582 1,605 1,543
Health Care & Social Services 2,528 2,418 2,380 2,309 2,358 2,400
Accomodations & Food Service 1,944 1,968 2,077 2,138 2,327 2,416
Other Services, ex. Public Admin 618 600 704 768 763 818
Total All Industries 26,756 26,642 28,460 30,156 31,684 33,275
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting $528 $523 $525 $573 $525 $490
Mining $1,171 $1,240 $1,347 $1,380 $1,372 $1,442
Utilities $1,300 $1,338 $1,392 $1,433 $1,482 $1,542
Construction $998 $948 $952 $1,018 $1,013 $1,110
Manufacturing $1,547 $1,519 $1,537 $1,681 $1,745 $1,881
Wholesale Trade $986 $1,037 $1,085 $1,143 $1,141 $1,209
Retail Trade $465 $478 $509 $526 $550 $575
Transportation & Warehousing $1,026 $1,105 $1,285 $1,326 $1,263 $1,400
Information $723 $772 $814 $884 $938 $813
Finance & Insurance $763 $805 $860 $948 $1,009 $1,076
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing $951 $1,065 $1,318 $1,251 $1,255 $1,261
Professional & Technical Services $940 $995 $1,004 $1,090 $1,047 $1,025
Management of Companies & Enterprises $858 $819 $870 $905 $1,532 $1,861
Administrative & Waste Services $693 $650 $582 $641 $641 $669
Health Care & Social Services $564 $578 $593 $614 $641 $679
Accomodations & Food Service $252 $252 $267 $279 $276 $293
Other Services, ex. Public Admin $702 $738 $797 $799 $818 $860
Total All Industries $819 $845 $899 $960 $969 $1,027
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