These Are The 10 Cities In New Mexico With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in New Mexico with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to New Mexico for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Land of Enchantment and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque(Jobs)
  2. Artesia(Jobs)
  3. Hobbs(Jobs)
  4. Truth Or Consequences(Jobs)
  5. Carlsbad(Jobs)
  6. Corrales(Jobs)
  7. Ruidoso(Jobs)
  8. Farmington(Jobs)
  9. Lovington(Jobs)
  10. Gallup(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque takes the cake as the place in New Mexico with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in New Mexico that have the most robust job force.

Or for more New Mexico job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In New Mexico With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what New Mexico’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 5,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 34 places in New Mexico.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 34 with one being the “most employed city in New Mexico”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Los Ranchos De Albuquerque

Population: 6,074
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Los Ranchos de Albuquerque comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 3.4 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Artesia

Artesia, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,494
Unemployment Rate: 4.1%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Artesia doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Hobbs

Hobbs, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,343
Unemployment Rate: 5.7%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Hobbs, earning the bronze medal with a score of 5.7 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Truth Or Consequences

Population: 6,337
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Truth or Consequences. With a population of 6337 residents, Truth or Consequences is a solid place to move in New Mexico if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Carlsbad

Carlsbad, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,996
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Carlsbad. Numbering around 26996 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 5.8%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Corrales

Corrales, New Mexico

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,426
Unemployment Rate: 6.5%
The city of Corrales is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Ruidoso

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,954
Unemployment Rate: 6.6%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Ruidoso. With a unemployment rate of 6.6 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Farmington

Farmington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,383
Unemployment Rate: 6.7%
Coming in at #8, Farmington has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of New Mexico’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Lovington

Lovington, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,364
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Lovington, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Gallup

Gallup, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,189
Unemployment Rate: 7.5%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Gallup, New Mexico. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 34.

Gallup’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across New Mexico

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in New Mexico with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Deming
  2. Belen
  3. Taos

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In New Mexico

City Rank Unemployment
Los Ranchos De Albuquerque 1 3.4%
Artesia 2 4.1%
Hobbs 3 5.7%
Truth Or Consequences 4 5.8%
Carlsbad 5 5.8%
Corrales 6 6.5%
Ruidoso 7 6.6%
Farmington 8 6.7%
Lovington 9 6.8%
Gallup 10 7.5%
Rio Rancho 11 7.7%
Roswell 12 7.9%
Las Vegas 13 8.0%
Tucumcari 14 8.1%
Albuquerque 15 8.2%
Santa Fe 16 8.2%
Raton 17 8.8%
Los Lunas 18 8.9%
Bloomfield 19 9.3%
Aztec 20 9.8%
Grants 21 9.8%
Portales 22 10.3%
Clovis 23 10.4%
Alamogordo 24 10.4%
Silver City 25 10.5%
Las Cruces 26 10.6%
Socorro 27 11.0%
Anthony 28 12.1%
Espa単ola 29 12.3%
Bernalillo 30 12.9%
Sunland Park 31 13.1%
Taos 32 14.3%
Belen 33 15.4%
Deming 34 18.9%
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