Lea County boasts a hard-working and highly-skilled workforce along with extensive workforce training and higher education for future growth!


Population: 70,291

20% have associates degree or higher

16 minute average travel time to work

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Higher Education

Lea County is served by two higher education facilities that offer associates, bachelors, and master’s degrees as well as specialized workforce training for a variety of industries and a create-your-own classes for new industries.


New Mexico Junior College

NMJC occupies 243 total acres, with approximately 500,000 square feet of building space. The campus has a student population of approximately 3,000 students and 250 full-time employees, as well as a facility count of 24 buildings, the Western Heritage Museum & Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, and the Training & Outreach Center.

NMJC is ranked as having the #1 top Workforce Training Center in New Mexico 2 years in a row – 2015 & 2016! Read more on what NMJC can offer your business!


University of the Southwest

Founded in 1962, University of the Southwest (USW) is a private, four-year Christian university. Regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees both on-campus and online, and was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for ‘Top Online Education Programs’ and ‘Top Online Business Programs’.

Read more on what USW can offer your business!

Lea County’s industries range from healthcare to manufacturing to energy! Known as the EnergyPlex, Lea County is dedicated to diversifying and strengthening its energy industries!

Top Industries

Transportation & Warehousing
Management of Companies & Enterprises

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Top Employers

Hobbs Municipal Schools
Nor-Lea Hospital
City of Hobbs
Ferguson Construction Company
Walmart SuperCenter

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