Developing the economy is more than recruiting

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By Harold Morgan

We whine about being a federal colony, but, by God, protect those federal laboratories.
Such ideas are what masquerades for deep thinking about the New Mexico economy.
Recent presentations from Gov. Susana Martinez and Jon Barela, secretary of the Economic Development Department, have considered economic development.
From both, the only specific was recruiting companies to the state.
Recruiting is good and necessary, but for that to be the only topic massively misses the point.
Recruiting companies, which is what “economic development” is about, is just part of developing the economy.
Further, recruiting companies only matters at the margin for New Mexico’s 870,000 (or so) employees.
That said, the state has some talented professional recruiters. Hobbs, Roswell, Farmington, Tucumcari and Albuquerque come to mind. Support them. Give them money.
One national phenomenon probably similarly affects New Mexico. No good state numbers are easily available for comparison.
Apparently — I digress here — no good state job numbers are available at all. The Department of Workforce Services reports numbers but then says the situation may not be that bad (or that good) because of “a statistical anomaly in Current Population Survey data…” or something else mystical.  

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