Job Cuts at Intel Add to the Long History of Lost Jobs Under Governor Martinez’s Watch

Albuquerque, N.M. – After reports of more than 215 job cuts at Intel’s Rio Rancho plant, the Democratic Party of New Mexico (DPNM) and Daymon Ely, Democratic candidate for N.M. House District 23 where Intel is located, pointed to Governor Martinez and state Republican’s failure to build economic security for hardworking New Mexicans and their families.

“Governor Martinez’s dismal jobs record keeps hurting New Mexico, and the job cuts at Intel just add to a long history of lost jobs under her watch,” said DPNM Vice-Chair Juan Sanchez III. “Democrats have been working to invest in early childhood education, job training programs, and college education in an effort to build long-term economic security in our state and ensure New Mexicans have the skills needed to get ahead in this economy, while Governor Martinez and State Republicans continue to focus on their all-crime, all the time agenda.”

“Intel is in the heart of my district. This administration and Republicans in the House have failed to focus on jobs or economic growth.  As a result, we are seeing a pattern of job losses — this is just latest example. I have been talking to constituents in the district for months now about my ideas on how to jump start our economy. It’s time we hear from the Republicans, and particularly Paul Pacheco, on their plan,” said Daymon Ely, candidate for N.M. House District 23.

Under Governor Martinez’s administration New Mexico has continued to see jobs leave the state. Google cut 240 jobs. Sprint cut 400 jobs. UTC Aerospace cut 150 jobs. And Caterpillar cut 50 jobs. More than 1,600 people were put out of work as a result of Governor Martinez’s behavioral health shakeup. The lack of focus from Governor Martinez and Republicans in the state is having a damaging effect on New Mexico’s economic future.

Democrats have introduced and supported legislation that would support job creators in the state and policies that would level the playing field so everyone has an opportunity to succeed. More information on House Democrats Economic Opportunity Plan is available here.