- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.5 percent in June, down from 6.9 percent a year ago.

The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state’s economy gained 2,500 jobs over the year.

Gains in six industries offset losses in seven others, pushing growth into positive territory for the first time in nine months.

Education and health services led all industries with an increase of 3,500 jobs, partly due to seasonal variability.

Financial activities and mining posting the largest percentage gains over the year. Financial activities gained 1,700 jobs and mining was up 1,700 jobs.

Leisure and hospitality also added 1,500 jobs while retail trade added 900 jobs.

Government employment fell by 3,200 jobs from a year earlier. Manufacturing was down 2,000 jobs for its 19th month of decline.

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