- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s unemployment rate declined in September as the state’s economy added thousands of jobs.

The state Department of Workforce Solutions reports that the nonfarm unemployment rate in September was 6.6 percent, down from 6.7 percent in August and 6.9 percent in September 2013.

The department reports that the economy added 6,400 jobs in September, the largest increase in 13 months.

Gains in seven economic sectors offset losses in five others, while employment was unchanged in one sector.

The biggest job gains were recorded in the education and health services sector and in retail trade. The largest losses were reported in manufacturing and in the professional and business services sector.

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