Joining other locked down “blue” states NM’s August unemployment rate 11.3%

Despite New Mexico’s advantage provided by national-leading reliance on steady federal dollars, the State’s unemployment rate of 11.3% is among the highest in the nation (6th) with only a handful of other “blue” states that have also seen their economies locked down by their governors.

All of New Mexico’s neighbors have MUCH lower unemployment with the next-highest being Texas at 6.8%. Utah’s rate is 4.1%, about 1/3rd of New Mexico’s.

Lest you think New Mexico’s lockdown has been a “success” in saving lives from the Virus, Arizona and Texas do have higher death rates than New Mexico, but the rates in Colorado, Oklahoma, and Utah are all lower (Oklahoma and Utah significantly so).