Curry and Roosevelt counties see unemployment increase

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American Medical Alert center grew from 45 employees to 75 in 2008. By Gabe Monte: CNJ staff writer Local economic development experts said Cannon Air Force Base’s transition to a special operations wing has softened the blow of unemployment in the area. New Mexico’s unemployment rate climbed to 4.9 percent in December, a 53 percent […]

Unemployment lowest in state in 31 years

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s jobless rate was 3.1 percent in January, which state labor officials say is the lowest since 1976. The unemployment rate was down from 3.2 percent in December. In January 2007, the state’s jobless rate stood at 3.8 percent. That’s according to the state Department of Workforce Solutions. The […]

Nobel winner expands upon basic economics

By Freedom Newspapers We were holding out, and we still are, for Gordon Tullock. He’s the economist who worked so closely with James Buchanan (who already has his Nobel) in the development of “public choice” economics, which put academic meat on the common-sense observation that government employees are guided by personal and institutional self-interest rather […]

Inflexible laws hurt employees more than help

Freedom Newspapers French students, joined in some instances by union members, have been rioting in the streets for more than a week. Is this simply a rite of spring in la republique, where street demonstrations against the establishment that often turn violent are something of a national tradition? The answer in part is yes. But […]

County unemployment rate increases

By Ryn Gagulinski: CNJ staff writer The state’s unemployment rate has been steadily increasing — up to 5.9 percent in March, higher than February’s 5.6 percent and January’s 5.3, according to state officials. In Curry County, February saw a jobless jump up to 5 percent in February from last year’s 4.5. State Department of Labor […]

Outsourced jobs only half the story

Thomas Sowell Jobs have become a big issue in this election year — which means it is optimistic to expect a rational discussion. Nothing is discussed more irrationally than “outsourcing.” It is obviously completely misleading to discuss how many jobs American companies are sending to other countries without even mentioning how many jobs foreign countries […]

City officials credit low unemployment rate to an influx of business.

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Bethany Hanner of Clovis searches for jobs online Thursday at the New Mexico Department of Labor in Clovis. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ News Editor The parking lot of the state labor department’s Clovis branch was virtually empty Thursday afternoon. Inside the building, Bethany Hanner — a 20-year-old who lost her […]

Business Digest 3/30

Local dealership in Top 100 — again High Plains Harley-Davidson of Clovis has been named one of the Top 100 dealerships across North America for retail design and merchandising approaches — for the second year in a row. Dealernews, a business-to-business magazine for powersports retailers, has named the Top 100 for 14 years. “It was […]

Good paying summer jobs hard to find

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]