At the Rio Grande Foundation we have long been concerned about the negative impacts of Gov. Lujan Grisham’s policies (pre-COVID and especially during the pandemic). Numerous reports and analyses (such as Wallethub’s) have placed New Mexico at the very bottom when it comes to job creation (or destruction) during COVID.
So, we did our own analysis using Bureau of Labor Statistics data. As you can see below, New Mexico is unique among its neighbors in having lost jobs since COVID’s onset in March of 2020.
On a percentage basis, New Mexico has lost 2.35% of jobs since March 2020 while Utah has gained a robust 2.92%.