Population stable, unemployment falls

By QCS Staff

The population in Quay County has stabilized, according to a labor report presented at a recent Quay County Commission meeting.
The Labor Study’s executive summary noted the stabilization is “the estimate of the most recent population projections by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (UNMBBER).”

However, the future estimates for 2010-15 predict the decline will start again. Young people are leaving the county,” according to the study presented by the Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corp.

The study reports that 400 residents have dropped out of the labor market. Some would probably come back if there were new, more attractive jobs than those presently available.

Patrick Vanderpool, executive director of the GTEDC, said the report indicates there is a labor force available that could be attractive to a company wanting to establish its business in Tucumcari.