On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its March unemployment numbers and the numbers look bleak for New Mexico, ranking third-worst, tied with Democrat-run Connecticut and ahead of only Democrat-dominated New York and Hawaii.
New Mexico’s unemployment rate is now 8.3%, which is up 1.3% or 10,500 cases since February. New Mexico’s unemployment rate is now 38.3% higher than the nation’s, which sits at 6%.
New Mexico remains one of the most heavily locked down states, which has resulted in thousands of small businesses closing and an economic catastrophe for our small economies across the state that rely on revenue that has been wiped out by the governor. Embattled Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who was accused and later settled $62,500 for sexual assault, locked down New Mexico during the pandemic, which lost countless jobs for the state.
Earlier in the pandemic, while New Mexico’s unemployment rate was sky high, she blamed President Donald J. Trump for the unemployment woes in the state, blaming what she called the “Trump recession” hurting Hispanic and Latino communities in a tweet. She claimed Trump’s “failed pandemic response” led to suffering in these communities, despite the President taking early action to combat the COVID-19 pandemic while Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden (who Lujan Grisham endorsed) blasted Trump as “xenophobic” for restricting travel from China, where the virus originated.
Gov. Lujan Grisham tried to focus on economic help supposedly sent to small businesses during the pandemic. However, it appears her “relief” efforts have failed due to her anti-jobs policies that have left nearly thousands of New Mexicans without employment.