New Mexico suffers 2nd-highest unemployment rate in US May 2021

The new unemployment figures are out and states (like New Mexico) with Democratic Governors dominate the list of worst unemployment rates (state with Republican governors dominate the lowest unemployment states).

This is no surprise to us at the Rio Grande Foundation has Gov. Lujan Grisham has enacted economic policies with little concern to actual economic growth. You can find the May data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics here. We have presented the data in different ways below.

Notably, in December of 2018, the month before Lujan Grisham took office, New Mexico’s unemployment rate was 4.7%. Utah’s was higher than it is now (3.2%). New Mexico’s unemployment rate has jumped by 70% under MLG.

The Albuquerque Journal’s John Trever, of course, had it right from the beginning in this 2020 cartoon.