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Businesses can now train in COVID-safe practices and become certified as New Mexico Safe.

"We encourage all businesses across the state to become certified," reads a press release from the group.

"Promoting safe practices is critical to the well-being of our families, employees and customers and together we can make New Mexico safe for business. New Mexico Safe Certified is an industry-led initiative that trains New Mexico businesses in COVID-safe practices to help ensure all of us -- customers, employees and families -- remain safe as New Mexico reopens for business and recreation."

NM Safe Certified was created by a coalition of the state Tourism Department and several industry associations. Specific training modules were created for manufacturing, offices, construction, restaurants, golf courses, retail, salons, grocery stores, hotels and more.

NM Safe Certified also awards special recognition and benefits to New Mexico businesses that have completed the NM Safe Certified training program, including:

Recognition as a NM Safe Certified business;

Alignment with the visible NM Safe Certified brand;

Usage of the NM Safe Certified "seal" to promote your business;

Presence on the NMSafeCertified.org business directory;

Access to NM Safe Certified Resource Toolkit, which includes sample health questionnaires and liability waivers.

For more information and to register, go to nmsafecertified.org.

State's unemployed declines slightly

New Mexico's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.3 percent in June 2020, down from 9.1 percent in May and up from 4.9 percent the previous year. The national unemployment rate in June was 11.1 percent, down from 13.3 percent in May and up from 3.7 percent in June 2019.

Total nonagricultural payroll employment fell by 59,400 jobs, or 7.0 percent, between June 2019 and June 2020. Losses came from both the public and the private sector. The private sector was down 55,500 jobs, or 8.3 percent. The public sector was down 3,900 jobs, or 2.1 percent. Private service industries were down 47,600 jobs, or 8.4 percent, while manufacturing industries were down 7,900 jobs, representing a decrease of 7.6 percent.

All major industry sectors experienced over-the-year job losses. Leisure and hospitality continued to report the heaviest employment losses, with a drop of 24,500 jobs, or 24.2 percent, compared to the previous year.

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