Los Alamos leads the pack

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By Ralph Damiani

There was an interesting report released this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor  Statistics office.

It listed employment and average salaries for all counties in the state. What was interesting for us is that Los Alamos was far and away the leader in pay.

Something that is of no surprise to those of us here.

But what was somewhat interesting was the fact that our workforce is almost equal to our population.

Bernalillo County led the state in numbers of workers at 337,200 as of December. This is a half-of-a percent increase from 2006.

Bernalillo was the only large county in New Mexico – one with more than 75,000 jobs.

Here, Los Alamos reported 17,487 people working (and remember, our population is around 18,500).  This places us at 11th out of the state’s 33 counties.

Santa Fe had a workforce of 66,530, Sandoval was at 28,847 and Rio Arriba had a workforce of 11,171.

New Mexico as a whole had 831,713 people working.

As to wages, well Los Alamos ran away with the prize. The average weekly wage here was $1,222, compared to the state average of $738, ranking the state at 38th among the 50 states.

We were well above the second-place county, which had Eddy and Lea (two oil patch areas) tied at $860.

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