Welcome 2021!
Let us welcome 2021 with the launch of a monthly e-newsletter for
New Mexico Workforce Connection - Southwestern Area.
New Mexico Workforce Connection is the region's workforce expert, helping hundreds of employers connect with thousands of job seekers each year. We offer innovative solutions to assist businesses with their success in today's highly competitive workforce while providing the tools job seekers need to find or advance in their current career.
Employer Spotlight
The UPS Store in Las Cruces participated in New Mexico Workforce Connection's On-the-Job Training program. The program reimburses employee wages during training. The UPS Store trained 10 employees in 2020 and received a total of $118,479.60 in wage reimbursements.
Youth Services Spotlight
The Youth Program offers eligible youth the opportunity to gain paid work experience with a participating employer in your community. Ms. Padilla gained work experience at Roots Counseling in Truth or Consequences, NM.
New Mexico Workforce Connection
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New Mexico Workforce Connection Offices
While all New Mexico Workforce Connection offices are closed due to the Governor's stay-at-home order, staff are available by phone Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (except holidays). Contact the New Mexico Workforce Connection nearest you.

Funds Invested by Program
The WIOA Adult & Dislocated Worker programs funded by the Southwestern Area Workforce Development Board provide individuals with career and participant training services that lead to obtaining credentials and work experience for career opportunities. The New Mexico Workforce Connection centers offer the services year around.
Regional Unemployment
November 2020
(Not Seasonally Adjusted)
Catron County: 65 unemployed
Doña Ana County: 6,564 unemployed
Grant County: 1,044 unemployed
Hidalgo County: 99 unemployed
Luna County: 1,429 unemployed
Sierra County: 316 unemployed
Socorro County: 372 unemployed

Source: NMDWS Employment News Release, December 18, 2020
NMDWS Employment News Release
December 18, 2020
New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.5 percent in November 2020, down from 8.1 percent in October and up from 4.8 percent in the previous year. The national unemployment rate in November was 6.7 percent, down from 6.9 percent in October and up from 3.5 percent in November 2019.

NMDWS Labor Market Review
The New Mexico Labor Market Review (LMR) presents the most up-to-date labor market highlights and happenings. The LMR is produced and published monthly and includes data on the labor force, jobs, and unemployment for the state and select substate areas.

BLS State Employment and Unemployment (Monthly) News Release: November 2020
In November, unemployment rates were lower in 25 states and the District of Columbia, higher in 7 states, and stable in 18 states. Nonfarm payroll employment increased in 17 states, decreased in 3 states, and was essentially unchanged in 30 states and the District.

BEA News: Personal Income and Outlays
November 2020
Personal income decreased 1.1 percent while consumer spending decreased 0.4 percent in November as federal economic recovery payments and pandemic-related assistance programs continued to wind down.

New Mexico Workforce Connection offers FREE weekly virtual workshops for employers, job seekers, and the general public. Click on any icon below for more information about that workshop.
Softskills in the Workplace
Tuesdays 9am - 11am
Résumé Skills
Wednesdays 9am - 11am
Interview Skills
Thursdays 9am - 11am
for the
Region IV, Chief Elected Officials and the
Southwestern Area Workforce Development Board & Committees
Due to unforeseen circumstances, meeting date and/or venue can change.
Please visit our website for the latest updates.
January Meetings
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - Special Planning Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 14, 2021 - Special Executive Committee Meeting
Friday, January 22, 2021 - Special Disabilities Committee Meeting
Monday, January 25, 2021 - Special Youth & Young Adult Committee Meeting
February Meetings
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - SAWDB Board Meeting
Friday, February 12, 2021 - Special One-Stop Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - Special Outreach Committee Meeting
Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Relay New Mexico: 711 (Voice) or 1-800-659-8331 (TTY)
Southwestern Area Workforce Development Board
PO Box 1072, Elephant Butte, NM 87935