SANTA FE (KRQE) - More people are getting back to work as job reports show gains in 39 states.
Here at home the latest word from the Department of Workforce Solutions lists New Mexico's unemployment rate as among those that dropped last month.
It was 6.7 percent in April, down from 6.9 percent in March.
New Mexico has gained about 7,900 jobs during the past 12 months. That's a growth rate of 1 percent.
It's been five years since the state's employment growth reached that level.
The numbers provide some hope of gathering momentum for a period of sustained recovery.
The construction industry picked up 1,800 jobs. That's the most in that industry since 2006.
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