Department of Numbers

New Mexico Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for New Mexico rose 0.1 percentage points in March 2015 to 6.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in New Mexico peaked in May 2010 at 8.3% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.9% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see New Mexico unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% 0.0 -1.1
New Mexico 6.1% +0.1 -0.7

Note: All comparisons are made with March data as April state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: New Mexico, National

New Mexico monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

New Mexico Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in New Mexico peaked in June 2010 at 77,716. There are now 21,247 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 54,455 in January 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,014. New Mexico job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
New Mexico 56,469 +852 -5,541

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in New Mexico from 1990 to March 2015

New Mexico Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Mexico
Unemployment Rate
New Mexico
Unemployed
April 2015 5.4%
March 2015 5.5% 6.1% 56,469
February 2015 5.5% 6.0% 55,617
January 2015 5.7% 5.9% 54,455
December 2014 5.6% 6.0% 55,089
November 2014 5.8% 6.1% 55,875
October 2014 5.7% 6.2% 56,832
September 2014 5.9% 6.3% 57,882
August 2014 6.1% 6.4% 58,967
July 2014 6.2% 6.5% 60,028
June 2014 6.1% 6.6% 60,944
May 2014 6.3% 6.7% 61,585