Thousands seek work even as NM jobless rate drops

Posted at: 05/20/2013 8:17 AM | Updated at: 05/20/2013 8:18 AM
By: Steve Mieczkowski

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Thousands of people in New Mexico are still looking for work or at least better jobs even as the state's unemployment rate is down.

The Department of Workforce Solutions reports that New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent in April,  down from 6.9 percent in March and 7 percent in April 2012.

The department says New Mexico gained about 7,900 jobs during the past 12 months, for a 1 percent growth rate.

However, approximately 6,400 people showed up at a jobs fair at Marriott Pyramid North last week in Albuquerque.

Job-seeker Chris Moses told the Albuquerque Journal that it's a tough job market. The 22-year-old quit his courier job about a year ago and says finding a new job has been much harder than he anticipated.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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