Created: 03/26/2014 5:32 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
How does “worst in the nation” sound to you? How about “bottom of the bucket”? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says that’s exactly where Albuquerque is when it comes to job creation. In fact we’re talking job LOSS here.
The metro area lost 4,100 jobs in the 12 months between January 2013 and January of this year – the biggest loss in the nation, followed by Peoria, Illinois and Charleston, West Virginia. Albuquerque was the only metro area in the seven state southwestern region to show a job loss in that period. Other towns are growing jobs, not losing them.
“I’m actually currently looking for work out of state and even out of country – overseas,” said Cody Gonzales of Albuquerque. “I’m looking at oil field stuff – oil rigs, truck driving, whatnot. There’s no opportunities here at all.”
“I’ve been looking in Gallup and here in Albuquerque,” said Sam Gray Eagle, who has decades of experience in security. “Colorado – I’ve been there and no luck. They just keep telling me to go back to your unemployment office.”
Austin, Texas gained 37,700 jobs in that 12 month period, a growth rate of 4.5 percent. El Paso gained 2,600 jobs. Tucson picked up 3,300 and Phoenix grew 48,400 new jobs. 11,900 new jobs sprouted up in Salt Lake City, and 35,900 in Denver. Oklahoma City gained 18,100 and Las Vegas, hard hit by the recession, increased by 22,300 jobs. All this while good old Albuquerque was losing 4,100 jobs!