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Health Indicator Report of Unemployment in New Mexico

Household income is strongly related to health status for all persons in the household. Those living at or near the poverty level tend to have poorer health status, in part because they cannot always afford health care. Health status also depends on meeting a family's needs for adequate housing and nutrition. Lack of income may also keep children from having access to quality education, safe areas to play, and expose them to other risk factors. In addition, common reasons for unemployment include chronic mental or physical illness that limits a person's ability to work outside the home.

Percentage Unemployed by County, New Mexico, 2014


Data are not seasonally adjusted.

Data Source

New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, 401 Broadway NE, Albuquerque NM 87102. Phone: (505)841-8645. Website:

Data Interpretation Issues

Unemployment rates are based on a monthly sample survey of households conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. People are classified as employed if they did any work at all as paid employees during the reference week; worked in their own business, profession, or on their own farm; or worked without pay at least 15 hours in a family business or farm. People are also counted as employed if they were temporarily absent from their jobs because of illness, bad weather, vacation, labor-management disputes, or personal reasons. People are classified as unemployed if they meet all of the following criteria: They had no employment during the reference week; they were available for work at that time; and they made specific efforts to find employment sometime during the 4-week period ending with the reference week. Persons laid off from a job and expecting recall need not be looking for work to be counted as unemployed. The unemployment data derived from the household survey in no way depend upon the eligibility for or receipt of unemployment insurance benefits.


The percentage of the civilian labor force that was not employed and seeking employment. See Data Interpretation Issues for more information about the definition of employed versus unemployed persons.


The number of unemployed persons in the civilian labor force.


The total of persons in the civilian labor force, the sum of employed and unemployed persons.

Other Objectives

New Mexico Community Health Status Indicator (CHSI)

How Are We Doing?

In 2010, the statewide unemployed rate has continued to rise, from 3.7 percent in January 2008 to 8.4 percent in December 2010 (not seasonally adjusted). The seasonally adjusted rates showed the same increase. Seasonally adjusted rates control for with seasonal increases in unemployment that typically occur during the summer months.

How Do We Compare With the U.S.?

Although New Mexico's unemployment rate tracked closely with the U.S. rate in the past, between 2006 and 2008, the New Mexico unemployment rate saw a sharper decline. In 2009 and 2010, both the U.S. and New Mexico saw increases in the unemployment rate, though New Mexico continues to have lower unemployment rate than the U.S. In 2014, the New Mexico had a slightly higher unemployment rate than the U.S.
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