New Mexico’s construction job growth remains mixed
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s growth in construction jobs remains mixed and ranks near the bottom nationwide.
The Associated General Contractors of America reports that the state’s construction job sector in January grew just 1.5 percent to 47,900 jobs. That ranks No. 38 in the U.S.
Officials with the industry group tell the Santa Fe New Mexican that the state’s market is small so a relatively small number of projects can skew the numbers in a substantial way.
The statistics show that among metro areas, Albuquerque was flat with a 0.4 percent gain. Santa Fe came in nearly at the bottom at No. 351 with an over-the-year loss of 200 construction jobs in January.
However, Las Cruces saw a 9 percent increase, largely stoked by the industrial boom at Santa Teresa’s industrial parks.
Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.santafenewmexican.com