Overall unemployment rate moved down to 4.4% with the biggest shift in Transportation & Utilities, which lost 200 roles, based on the most recently available information published in June 2022.

Total employment in the Las Cruces, NM market rose by 1,128 jobs in May and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 40 bps to 4.4%. The national unemployment rate increased by 4 bps over the same time to 3.4%.

  • Las Cruces, NM unemployment rate is 102 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 230 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in May versus prior month by 16.8% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Las Cruces, NM Unemployment May 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.4%. Key sectors include:

  • Government: 20,200; -100
  • Education & Healthcare: 16,800; -100
  • Transportation & Utilities: 11,200; -200
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 8,800; no change
  • Business Services: 7,200; +100
  • Construction, Mining: 4,000; no change
  • Manufacturing: 3,000; no change
  • Financial Services: 2,200; no change
  • Other Jobs: 1,500; no change
  • IT & Development: 500; no change
Las Cruces, NM Unemployment by Industry May 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through May 2022 (Data published June 2022 and reports created on June 29, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.