Albuquerque area job losses among nation's worst

Created: 04/09/2014 5:13 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

They say misery loves company – and now Albuquerque has company at the bottom of the bucket in job growth.

The metro area continues to lag behind almost every other city in the nation when it comes to job creation. Sign of the times – a jam-packed job fair at the Workforce Connections Center at Broadway and Mountain Wednesday morning.

In January, Albuquerque had the worst score in job growth, but now the U.S. department of Labor says Albuquerque ranks third worst in the twelve months from February 28 2013 to February 28 of this year. The metro area lost 4,500 jobs in that year.

Heavy turnout at the job fair is really no surprise since the Labor department reports the metro area unemployment rate has crept upward to 7.5 percent from 7.1 percent in January.

“Right now I’m just in the process of going to school and I’m trying to get a job,” Krystal Salas said. She’s a nursing student at CNM. “I’m looking for any type of job, but I do know that I want to get into the area of being a nurse, just to see the surroundings and try to get familiar with it.”

Alexis Derriso is also in college, looking for something in business administration.

“I am trying to obtain a job before I graduate,” Derriso said. “I go to various job fairs. So far I’ve been getting a lot of good replies, but not a job – so I keep trying till someone hires me!”

The Labor Department says New Mexico lost 1,800 manufacturing jobs in that one year February-to-February period  -worst in the nation in that crucial category.

Hot spots for job growth during the last twelve months – Los Angeles, New York, Dallas-Fort Worth.

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