- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.2 percent in May while the state continued a long string of over-the-year job growth.

The Department of Workforce Solutions said Friday the economy added 8,200 nonfarm jobs last month compared with May 2014, when the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.7 percent.

The department said May was New Mexico’s 33rd consecutive month with over-the-year employment growth.

Six economic sectors added jobs in the past year with employment growth in education and health services adding 5,000 jobs and continuing to soar above other industry sectors in May.

Five sectors shed jobs including construction, manufacturing, transportation, warehousing and utilities.

Analysts say New Mexico’s employment growth has generally been trending upward since September 2009, with the pace of growth accelerating in October 2013.

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