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Updated Nov. 12 at 9:30 a.m.

Taos County's unemployment rate went down just .5 percent from August to September, from 7.8 percent to 7.3 percent, according to data recently released by the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Workers' slow return to the labor force in Taos closely tracks the overall picture of unemployment in the state, which dropped from 6.3 percent in August to 5.8 percent last month, compared to 5.3 percent to 4.6 percent in the nation overall. Pre-pandemic levels remained around 3.5 percent.

While year-to-year comparisons to the same time last year show a dramatic reduction in the joblessness rate – which was 8.6 percent in New Mexico in September, a whopping 12.1 percent in Taos and 7.7 percent for the national average – economic experts say the rate of recovery in the job market remains slow moving into the end of 2021.

According to a report by Forbes this month, the U.S. added 531,000 jobs in October, which was better than expected. However, the unemployment rate remains high, as it is measured as the number of people eligible for employment still out of work. That number fell from just 7.7 million to 7.4 million people from September to last month. In February 2020, the number of people out of work was around five million.

Another study released by WalletHub this month ranked New Mexico 49th in the nation for its unemployment recovery during the second year of the pandemic, while it found that 23 states actually actually dipped below pre-pandemic rates as of October.

See below for  a breakdown of how Taos County compared with other counties in New Mexico from August to September for non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates.

Unemployment rate by county Sept-Aug
 
CountySeptember 2021 rate August 2021 rate
Taos7.3% 7.8%
Bernalillo5.4% 5.9%
Sandoval5.7% 6.2%
Torrance7.0% 7.8%
Valencia6.1%6.6%
Santa Fe5.4%5.9%
Catron4.8%5.3%

Chaves

5.9%6.3%

Cibola

7.2%7.9%
Colfax5.0%5.6%
Curry4.0%4.4%

De Baca

4.4%5.0%
Eddy5.1%5.6%
Grant6.1%6.7%
Guadalupe6.4%6.6%
Harding5.0%5.9%
Hidalgo4.4%4.7%
Lea8.0%8.6%
Lincoln5.8%6.3%
Los Alamos2.5%2.7%
Luna11.3%12.1%
McKinley7.8%8.5%
Mora

5.1%

5.6%
Otero5.4%5.9%
Quay5.8%6.1%
Rio Arriba5.7%6.2%
Roosevelt4.8%5.2%
San Miguel6.1%6.7%
Sierra6.5%7.0%
Socorro5.3%5.9%
Union3.7%4.0%
 

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