Los Alamos County once again had the lowest level of unemployment in the state of New Mexico last month.
For the month of March, Los Alamos had an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, which was a full percentage point lower than all other counties in the state but one, Eddy County.
Los Alamos reported that 307 people were unemployed last month. That number was down slightly from February, but that drop may have been at least partially due to a dip in the county’s total labor force.
In February, the county had a labor force of 8,400 people, but that number dropped to 8,364 in March. The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, which puts out the monthly labor numbers for the state, didn’t offer an explanation for the drop.
Statewide, the department reported the 31st consecutive month of over-the-year job growth for nonfarm payroll employment.
Compared to a year ago, employment rolls were up 1.6 percent, which represents a net gain of approximately 13,000 jobs.
The overall gains in March were down slightly from February, which was the strongest month for the state in terms of job creation since 2006.
In the past year, the state has seen the most growth in areas such as education and health services, while professional and business services were up by approximately 3,700 jobs from a year ago.