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NM job growth continues on negative track

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico labor officials say the state has marked another month of negative over-the-year job growth that represents a loss of 12,400 jobs.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday that job growth was negative 1.5 percent in August. The department says the current round of job losses started in June after 10 months of growth that averaged about 0.4 percent.

New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 6.5 percent in August. That's down from 6.6 percent in the previous month.

Employment has increased in some industries, including educational and health services, mining and manufacturing.

The government sector was down 5,800 jobs compared to last year. Construction was down by 3,000 jobs, while professional and business services shed 5,700 jobs.