Unemployment rates drop in Curry, Roosevelt

Sharna Johnson Monthly unemployment numbers in Curry and Roosevelt counties dipped to rates that haven’t been seen in two years and officials are crediting expanding industries as the reason. The most current data available from the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions shows in April, Curry County’s unemployment dropped to 4.2 percent and Roosevelt County’s […]

Unemployment numbers sobering news

Clyde Davis “Today, nearly 15 million Americans are still out of work. But even that may not be an accurate figure because the real unemployment numbers are probably a good deal higher than the “official” rate. The official rate doesn’t count the underemployed and people who’ve given up and simply dropped out of the labor […]

Press release: Senator discusses oil independence legislation, Wall Street reform and unemployment insurance extension

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-NM, talked with reporters today about his recently introduced Oil Independence for a Stronger America Act. He also gave remarks on the passage of Wall Street reform legislation and today’s long-overdue vote to move forward with an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for out-of-work Americans. To listen to the […]

Job fair organizer expects high attendance

CNJ staff When unemployment goes up, so does the attendance at a job fair. That’s the hope for this year’s New Mexico Workforce Connection career expo Thursday at the National Guard Armory in Clovis. “The last few times, we hit anywhere between 300 and 400,” said Matt Barela, a manager at Clovis’ Workforce Connection branch […]

Officials: Milk industry financial troubles catalyst in unemployment jump

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Indian River Transport employee Jason Runner of Clovis washes down a tanker Thursday that is used to transport milk. Local experts say a hurting dairy industry is one of the reasons for high unemployment across eastern New Mexico. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Local experts say financial ripples in […]

Press release: Bingaman talks unemployment filibuster, ‘Green Chile Month’

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today talked with New Mexico radio reports about a variety of issues, including a the beginning of “Green Chile Month” in the Senate cafeteria. Bingaman’s remarks can be retrieved by going to his website or clicking on the following link: http://bingaman.senate.gov/mediaasset/bingaman030110m.mp3

N.M. overpays unemployment benefits

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — State officials say unemployment benefits were accidentally doubled for thousands of unemployed New Mexicans. Overpayments went out around 6 a.m. Monday, but the state Department of Workforce Solutions became aware of the problem by 9:30 a.m. and worked to reverse the overpaid amounts. The agency says about 9,000 direct-deposit recipients […]

Bingaman: Senate approves unemployment benefits bill

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today said he is pleased the Senate has approved legislation to extend unemployment benefits to thousands of New Mexicans who have been unable to find a job in this difficult economic climate. The bill would extend unemployment insurance by up to 14 additional weeks for jobless workers in all […]

Udall Talks about the public option, revised energy and Climate Change Bill and his support of unemployment benefits for New Mexicans

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tom Udall today talked with radio reporters from around the state about topics including the benefits of energy and climate change legislation and the ongoing health insurance reform debate. If you are interested in obtaining an .mp3 file of this week’s “Tuesdays with Tom,” please contact Jessica Borchert. Below is a […]

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Curry and Roosevelt counties see unemployment increase

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American Medical Alert center grew from 45 employees to 75 in 2008. By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent […]

Unemployment lowest in state in 31 years

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s jobless rate was 3.1 percent in January, which state labor officials say is the lowest since 1976. The unemployment rate was down from 3.2 percent in December. In January 2007, the state’s jobless rate stood at 3.8 percent. That’s according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions. The […]

Nobel winner expands upon basic economics

By Freedom Newspapers We were holding out, and we still are, for Gordon Tullock. He’s the economist who worked so closely with James Buchanan (who already has his Nobel) in the development of “public choice” economics, which put academic meat on the common-sense observation that government employees are guided by personal and institutional self-interest rather […]

Inflexible laws hurt employees more than help

Freedom Newspapers French students, joined in some instances by union members, have been rioting in the streets for more than a week. Is this simply a rite of spring in la republique, where street demonstrations against the establishment that often turn violent are something of a national tradition? The answer in part is yes. But […]

County unemployment rate increases

By Ryn Gagulinski: CNJ staff writer The state’s unemployment rate has been steadily increasing — up to 5.9 percent in March, higher than February’s 5.6 percent and January’s 5.3, according to state officials. In Curry County, February saw a jobless jump up to 5 percent in February from last year’s 4.5. State Department of Labor […]

Outsourced jobs only half the story

Thomas Sowell Jobs have become a big issue in this election year — which means it is optimistic to expect a rational discussion. Nothing is discussed more irrationally than “outsourcing.” It is obviously completely misleading to discuss how many jobs American companies are sending to other countries without even mentioning how many jobs foreign countries […]

City officials credit low unemployment rate to an influx of business.

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Bethany Hanner of Clovis searches for jobs online Thursday at the New Mexico Department of Labor in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her […]

Business Digest 3/30

Local dealership in Top 100 — again High Plains Harley-Davidson of Clovis has been named one of the Top 100 dealerships across North America for retail design and merchandising approaches — for the second year in a row. Dealernews, a business-to-business magazine for powersports retailers, has named the Top 100 for 14 years. “It was […]

Good paying summer jobs hard to find

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]