New Mexicans head south for jobs

Created: 01/12/2014 10:32 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

New Mexico growth is close to a standstill.

The proof is in census numbers that show fewer people are moving into the Land of Enchantment and many are moving out. 

One factor is a lucrative oil rush in places like Texas and could be a reason the New Mexico population growth is less than one percent.    

“The oil and gas industry in the Permian Basin is really booming there are a lot of drilling rigs and activity said Wally Drangmeister with The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association says there are over 70 drilling rigs in New Mexico, bringing in thousands of jobs.

“In New Mexico our production levels are 100 million barrels a year,” he explained.

But that is not nearly as much compared to the production next door in Texas where hundreds of rigs go up every month and unemployment in the area of Midland, TX is low.

“I get the best of both worlds,” said Clint Williamson who commutes back and forth from Texas to New Mexico working for an energy company.

He says the two states are very much alike, but when it comes to jobs location is irrelevant. 

“The folks are pretty much more job oriented than being concerned about geography,” he said.

Drangmeister says New Mexicans do not have to give in to the land rush.

New Mexico offers plenty of jobs in this lucrative industry.

“In Artesia, Hobbs, Carlsbad, Roswell,” he said, “There are jobs out there so people don't have to leave the state.” 

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