New Mexico Second Highest Unemployment in Country, Republican Governor’s Office Refuses to Address

New Mexico – New Mexico finds itself at the bottom of Bureau of Labor Statistics job numbers, again, and Republican Governor Martinez has nothing to say about it. With an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent and 3,700 more unemployed New Mexicans since October, New Mexico is well below the national unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.

“What can we expect from a Governor who put New Mexico on the list as worst run state in the country? Governor Martinez has lacked focus when it comes to our state’s economy, and the high unemployment rate is the result,” said Debra Haaland, Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico. “Democrats have a plan that invests in our state and will put New Mexico’s economy back on track—Governor Martinez will have to decide if she wants to help New Mexico families or not.”

This month, New Mexico was ranked worst run state for the second consecutive year, and gross misconduct and abuse has become a pattern in the Martinez administration. Just yesterday, Martinez-appointed Secretary of Taxation and Revenue Department resigned amid an investigation into egregious misconduct and abuse of power that cost New Mexico valuable taxpayer dollars at at a time when the state is facing serious budget shortfalls.

Under Governor Martinez, the economic outlook for the state is grim–the state is facing a $69 million budget shortfall, has the second highest unemployment in the country, and continues to see cuts to programs New Mexicans rely on.

Governor Martinez wasted six years fighting partisan battles against our immigrant communities, behavioral health care providers, and New Mexico workers. The Governor was able to do more damage with a Republican majority in the New Mexico House, and the end result was the largest budget shortfall the state has ever faced and growing unemployment.

Full Bureau of Labor Statistics Report is available here.