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LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
 
EMPLOYMENT SECTORS  
2007
 
CHANGE *
Construction & Mining   4,900   +4.7%
Manufacturing   3,100   +1.0%
Trade, Transportation & Utilities   10,400   +1.9%
Information   1,100   +3.2%
Financial Activities   2,400   +0.9%
Professional & Business Services   5,800   +3.5%
Education & Health Services   10,700   +5.8%
Leisure & Hospitality   7,200   +4.6%
Other Services   1,500   –0.6%
Government   21,000   +1.2%
         
*Calculated as annual average change between 1997-2007
         
INCOME AND WAGES        
Per Capita Personal Income (2006)   $ 24,293    
Median Household Income (2006)   $ 33,952    
Average Wage per Job (2006)   $ 29,244    
         
         
The Las Cruces NM MSA covers Dona Ana County, the second most populated county in New Mexico. Las Cruces, the county seat, is the largest city in the county and is the second largest city in the state. The population of the county grew 28.9% between 1990 and 2000. The city’s population grew 19.5% during that decade. The county’s population is projected to grow by 17.9% between 2000 and 2010 and 14.9% between 2010 and 2020.

The county population estimate for 2007 was 198,791. The city population estimate for 2007 was 89,722. Contiguous CDPs and population within the Extra Territorial Zone (ETZ) bring the “Greater Las Cruces” population to more than 125,000.

The county labor force is affordable and growing. Over the past ten years, the labor force has grown at an average annual rate of 2.4%. Total employment has grown at an annual average rate of 3.0% during that time period. Unemployment has dropped to an annual average of 3.9% (2007). Employment grew by 29.9% between 1990 and 2000 and is projected to grow by 25.5% between 2000 and 2010.

         
 
  LAS CRUCES MSA - LABOR FORCE - MARKET DIRECTION
 
Labor Force
Employed
Un-Rate

May 2007

87,321 83,983 3.9%
May 2008 88,696 85,127 4.0%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, 2008.
 
  LAS CRUCES MSA - LABOR FORCE - FULL YEAR: 2007
Labor Force
Employed
Unemployed
Un-Rate
Military
87,315 83,924 3,392 3.9% 569
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics, 2008.
 
   LAS CRUCES MSA - EDUCATION ATTAINMENT
Not HS
Graduate
HS
Graduate
Some
College
4 Year
Degree
Graduate
Degree
% College
Degree
29,922 69,971 19,905 22,269 9,229 22.3%
Source: Bureau of the Census, 2000.
 
   SPACEPORT AMERICA

Construction of Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, continues for the 110,152 square foot Terminal Hanger Facility, as well as for the Airfield Rescue/Fire Facility. The Terminal Hanger incorporates a sweeping space age design and will house the operations offices of Virgin Galactic World Headquarters. Requests for Proposals have been issued for general, protective and technical services.

The completed multi-layer 10,000-foot x 200-foot runway was dedicated October 2010. It is designed to accommodate almost any aircraft in the world, and specifically returning launch vehicles, fly-back rocket boosters and other space launch and training vehicles.

Sightseeing tours are scheduled every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are designed to highlight New Mexico history spanning from Spanish conquistadors and pioneer rocket research to the new commercial space industry.

The 18,000-acre spaceport is located approximately 45 miles north of Las Cruces and 30 miles southeast of Truth or Consequences.


 
One of top 2 small metro areas
for business 2006 Forbes.com

One of top 5 places to retire
– 2006 AARP Magazine

One of top 5 places to retire
– 2005 CNN-Money.com

One of top 2 small metro areas
for business– 2004 Milken Institute

One of top 3 small metro areas
for business” – 2003 Milken Institute

Best small metro area for business
– 2002 Forbes.com
 
     
     
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MAJOR EMPLOYERS

3000 + Employees

Las Cruces Public Schools
New Mexico State University
White Sands Missile Range

1000 - 2999 Employees
City of Las Cruces
Gadsden Independent Schools
Memorial Medical Center
Wal-Mart

500 - 999 Employees
Convergys
Coordinated Care Corp.
Doña Ana Community College
Doña Ana County
Mountain View Regional Medical Center
NASA White Sands Test Facility
Peak Hospital of Santa Teresa
Santillan Plumbing
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Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino
Tresco, Inc.

250-499 Employees
ADC Telecommunications
Advanced Care Hospital of SNM
Labors Local
NewTec
NM Corrections Department
Physical Science Lab
VMC

100-249 Employees
Adams Produce Inc.
Alaska Structures
Albertson’s
Aldershot of New Mexico
Ben Archer Health Center
Best Buy
Borman Autoplex
Bravo Chevrolet
Burn Construction
Campo Behavioral Health
Casa de Oro Care Center
Citizens Bank of Las Cruces
City of Sunland Park
Con Agra Foods
Dillard’s
Durham School Services
El Paso Electric
Elephant Butte Irrigation District
Empereon Marketing
En Su Casa Personal Care
Families & Youth Inc.
Foamex LP
Golden Corral
Good Samaritan Retirement
GTE
Hatch Valley Schools
Home Depot
Home Kare of Dona Ana County
Hotel Encanto
Kohl's
La Clinica de Familia
Las Cruces Nursing Center
Las Cruces Sun-News
Las Uvas Valley Dairy
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Masson Radium Springs Farm
McDonald’s
Mesilla Valley Hospital
Mountain Shadows Home Health
NM Agriculture Department
NM Health Department
Olive Garden
Progressive Residential Service
Rehabilitation Hospital of SNM
Research Data Design
Sam’s Club
Smith & Aguirre Construction
Southwest Distributing
Stahmann Farms
Sun Gro Inc.
Target
Texas Road House
Tyson Prepared Foods
US Post Office
Village at Northrise
Walgreens
Wells Fargo Bank
White Sands Federal CU
Wild West Express
WNG Community Connections

 
     
   
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