Unemployment rate rises for NM cities...

Unemployment rate rises for NM cities as other metros recover

There are 394 comments on the Business Journal story from Jul 2, 2013, titled Unemployment rate rises for NM cities as other metros recover. In it, Business Journal reports that:

The unemployment rate in New Mexico and its four major metropolitan areas increased in May, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Atomic Cafe

Albuquerque, NM

#1 Jul 3, 2013
The ripple effect from former Governor Richardson and the Democrat legislature's war on industry continues. Killing off mining and timber, and then oil and natural gas, means fewer high paying jobs. That means less spending money. That means less money spent on all the support industries. That means less money spent in restaurants, retail stores, on construction, and on everything else. That means less travel, which means fewer tourism dollars, which means fewer jobs needed there. Tax breaks and special favors for Hollywood and high tech outfits weren't enough to replace oil and gas jobs then, and they aren't now. Putting band aids on it won't work. We need to look at industry a whole new way, and that means supporting and encouraging it, instead of making it more difficult and expensive to do business here. New Mexico has a reputation for being tough on industry, so industry moves, and stays, away. There you have it.
Misunderestimate Me

Phoenix, AZ

#2 Jul 3, 2013
Blame the predecessor if something can't be fixed; take full credit if something goes right. Practiced since time immemorial.
more

Santa Fe, NM

#3 Jul 3, 2013
Atomic Cafe wrote:
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bull. Trying to justify relaxing legitimate safeguards on pollution in dead end industries for the short-term profits, while leaving us with the permanent effects to clean up.
More

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Jul 3, 2013
Journal: Martinez is one of worst jobs governors

Jul 03, 2013 (Menafn - The Santa Fe New Mexican - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX)--A national business publication has ranked Gov. Susana Martinez among the last among governors in terms of job creation.

The Business Journals -- the online media division of American City Business Journals, which consists of 40 weekly print papers around the country specializing in business news -- published what it calls an On Numbers report last week.

The New Mexican reported in early January that New Mexico was last in the nation in terms of job growth between January 2010 and September 2012.

Martinez's office responded Tuesday that the slow job growth is linked to New Mexico's economy being "far too dependent on federal spending."

Report author G. Scott Thomas cautioned, "Experts can (and do) argue about the the ability of any governor to manipulate a state's economy. Many are downright skeptical....

"But the On Numbers study reflects a basic fact of political life," Thomas said. "Governors routinely take credit for economic growth (regardless of their actual level of involvement) and are equally certain to be blamed for economic decline."

The five governors who took office this year were not included in the study, Thomas explained. The overall rankings were based on the difference in private-sector employment growth rates.

"Gov. Martinez took office during a period of financial turmoil," her spokesman, Enrique Knell, said in a statement.

"We face challenging times as we recover from the national recession, with federal budget cuts making recovery even more difficult," Knell said. "We've sustained a steady loss of federal government jobs, at the rate of at nearly 4 percent monthly. At the same time, we've experienced flat or incremental private-sector job growth, which is remarkable given that in New Mexico, so much of our private sector is tied to federal spending."

He argued that the administration has taken steps in trying to improve the job situation, including backing a law that eliminated "the double taxation on our construction and manufacturing industries" and pushing tax breaks in the most recent legislative session, which Martinez says will make the state more competitive.

"Gov. Martinez is dedicated to creating jobs in New Mexico and will continue working with the Legislature to strengthen our state's economy," the spokesman said.

Contact Steve Terrell at sterrell@sfnewmexican.com. Read his political blog at roundhouseroundup.com .

Top-rated governors in The Business Journals' job-creation study:

1. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R)

2. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)

3. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R)

4. Tennesee Gov. Bill Haslam (R)

5. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)

Bottom-rated governors in The Business Journals' job-creation study (Five governors who took office this year not included):

45. Wyoming Gov. Matthew Meade (R)

43.(Tie) New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) and Maine Gov. Paul Lepage (R)

42. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D)

41. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R)

___(c)2013 The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.) Visit The Santa Fe New
Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.) at www.santafenewmexican.com Distributed by MCT
Information Services
Atomic Cafe

Albuquerque, NM

#5 Jul 3, 2013
More wrote:
Journal: Martinez is one of worst jobs governors
Jul 03, 2013 (Menafn - The Santa Fe New Mexican - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX)--A national business publication has ranked Gov. Susana Martinez among the last among governors in terms of job creation.
The Business Journals -- the online media division of American City Business Journals, which consists of 40 weekly print papers around the country specializing in business news -- published what it calls an On Numbers report last week.
The New Mexican reported in early January that New Mexico was last in the nation in terms of job growth between January 2010 and September 2012.
Martinez's office responded Tuesday that the slow job growth is linked to New Mexico's economy being "far too dependent on federal spending."
Report author G. Scott Thomas cautioned, "Experts can (and do) argue about the the ability of any governor to manipulate a state's economy. Many are downright skeptical....
"But the On Numbers study reflects a basic fact of political life," Thomas said. "Governors routinely take credit for economic growth (regardless of their actual level of involvement) and are equally certain to be blamed for economic decline."
The five governors who took office this year were not included in the study, Thomas explained. The overall rankings were based on the difference in private-sector employment growth rates.
"Gov. Martinez took office during a period of financial turmoil," her spokesman, Enrique Knell, said in a statement.
"We face challenging times as we recover from the national recession, with federal budget cuts making recovery even more difficult," Knell said. "We've sustained a steady loss of federal government jobs, at the rate of at nearly 4 percent monthly. At the same time, we've experienced flat or incremental private-sector job growth, which is remarkable given that in New Mexico, so much of our private sector is tied to federal spending."
He argued that the administration has taken steps in trying to improve the job situation, including backing a law that eliminated "the double taxation on our construction and manufacturing industries" and pushing tax breaks in the most recent legislative session, which Martinez says will make the state more competitive.
"Gov. Martinez is dedicated to creating jobs in New Mexico and will continue working with the Legislature to strengthen our state's economy," the spokesman said.
Contact Steve Terrell at sterrell@sfnewmexican.com. Read his political blog at roundhouseroundup.com .
Top-rated governors in The Business Journals' job-creation study:
1. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple (R)
2. Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R)
3. Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R)
4. Tennesee Gov. Bill Haslam (R)
5. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R)
Bottom-rated governors in The Business Journals' job-creation study (Five governors who took office this year not included):
45. Wyoming Gov. Matthew Meade (R)
43.(Tie) New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R) and Maine Gov. Paul Lepage (R)
42. Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D)
41. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R)
___(c)2013 The Santa Fe New Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.) Visit The Santa Fe New
Mexican (Santa Fe, N.M.) at www.santafenewmexican.com Distributed by MCT
Information Services
Yup. Right on the mark. Thanks for posting that. Republican Governors with Republican legislatures are overwhelmingly job creators, while Republican Governors with hostile Democratic legislatures have a tough time creating jobs. What's the difference? The Democratic legislatures. So, give Governor Martinez a pro-business, pro-job growth Republican legislature, and watch employment grow. Keep the status quo, and we will get more of what we have right now, stagnation.
Atomic Cafe

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jul 3, 2013
Misunderestimate Me wrote:
Blame the predecessor if something can't be fixed; take full credit if something goes right. Practiced since time immemorial.
It's worked for Barack Obama, hasn't it?
Atomic Cafe

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jul 3, 2013
more wrote:
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bull. Trying to justify relaxing legitimate safeguards on pollution in dead end industries for the short-term profits, while leaving us with the permanent effects to clean up.
You are all wrong. Overegulating industry that already has an exemplary record compared to the dollars brought in is just stupid. Bill Richardson, Diane Denish, and the Lujans, Udalls, and other Democrats who run this state are just stupid. The proof is that New Mexico is the ONLY oil and gas state that isn't seeing recovery. New Mexico also has the most hostile business environment to the oil and gas industry. There you go.
Exactly

Albuquerque, NM

#8 Jul 3, 2013
Misunderestimate Me wrote:
Blame the predecessor if something can't be fixed; take full credit if something goes right. Practiced since time immemorial.
what libtards and Obama do.
Without

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jul 3, 2013
more wrote:
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bull. Trying to justify relaxing legitimate safeguards on pollution in dead end industries for the short-term profits, while leaving us with the permanent effects to clean up.
industry there are no jobs, and no industry wants to relocate to this dead end cesspool.
Ex- El Paso Resident

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Jul 3, 2013
Atomic Cafe wrote:
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Yup. Right on the mark. Thanks for posting that. Republican Governors with Republican legislatures are overwhelmingly job creators, while Republican Governors with hostile Democratic legislatures have a tough time creating jobs. What's the difference? The Democratic legislatures. So, give Governor Martinez a pro-business, pro-job growth Republican legislature, and watch employment grow. Keep the status quo, and we will get more of what we have right now, stagnation.
Spot on on that one.
The

United States

#11 Jul 3, 2013
only lucrative industry in New Mexico is State Government. Court protected at that: http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_n...

Amazing, considering how utterly unproductive an industry it is.
Please

Santa Fe, NM

#12 Jul 3, 2013
The wrote:
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grow up.
short term

Santa Fe, NM

#13 Jul 3, 2013
Atomic Cafe wrote:
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vs. long term

As if the bottom rated Wyoming republican governor doesn't have a huge republican majority in the legislature and very few regulatory controls on polluting industries.
more

Santa Fe, NM

#14 Jul 3, 2013
Atomic Cafe wrote:
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You are all wrong. Overegulating industry .
BS. The cost of cleaning up water is much more than it costs to prevent pollution. Water is more valuable in the long term. Promoting extraction is a dead end. We should not be part of the race to the bottom. Those polluters will not be around when the shit hit the fan. The West is full of examples of abandoned messes left to the taxpayer to deal with.
And

Santa Fe, NM

#15 Jul 3, 2013
short term wrote:
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vs. long term
As if the bottom rated Wyoming republican governor doesn't have a huge republican majority in the legislature and very few regulatory controls on polluting industries.
Pennsylvania - another failing red state governor and legislature.
There

Albuquerque, NM

#16 Jul 3, 2013
is a reason many call the democratic party the dependency party. When they hold out a carrot they get a vote from the fools.
Those

Santa Fe, NM

#17 Jul 3, 2013
There wrote:
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that say that are fools. What we really need is to get rid of the teabagging republicans who are doing everything they can to slow the recovery for political reasons.
Uuuh

Santa Fe, NM

#18 Jul 3, 2013
Without wrote:
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industry there are no jobs, and no industry wants to relocate to this dead end cesspool.
since when does having industry mean that we have to throw away all other values?

If you consider NM a dead-end cesspool quit torturing yourself.
Atomic Cafe

Albuquerque, NM

#19 Jul 3, 2013
short term wrote:
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vs. long term
As if the bottom rated Wyoming republican governor doesn't have a huge republican majority in the legislature and very few regulatory controls on polluting industries.
Two things that show you to be quite ignorant of economic reality:

EVERY top rated state, IN THE LIST YOU PROVIDED, was run by Republicans.

Wyoming's current unemployment rate is 4.6% That's already THREE full percentage points BELOW the national employment rate, and TWO full percentage points lower than the New Mexico unemployment rate. So it would appear that them thar Republicans in Wyoming have a pretty danged good head start, don't they?
Atomic Cafe

Albuquerque, NM

#20 Jul 3, 2013
Those wrote:
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that say that are fools. What we really need is to get rid of the teabagging republicans who are doing everything they can to slow the recovery for political reasons.
Please name the Tea Party Republicans in the New Mexico legislature that constitute the majority necessary to slow the recovery.

We'll wait.

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