Unemployment rate up slightly from June

QCS staff

Quay County’s unemployment rate for July was 7.2 percent, up just slightly from June’s 7.1 percent but down from 7.6 recorded last year.

Quay County’s labor force remained in the neighborhood of 3,900 during all three months.

New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in July 2013, up from 6.8 percent in June but down from 7 percent a year ago, according to a news release from the New Mexico Dept. of Workforce Solutions.

Statewide, the rate of over-the-year job growth, comparing July 2013 with July 2012, was 1.1 percent, representing a gain of 8,800 jobs, the news release said.

The jobs survey continues to indicate improved conditions in the job market. Nine industries added employment and four industries lost jobs over the year, the news release said.

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