FARMINGTON — Unemployment in San Juan County slipped to 6.6 percent in May, down from 6.7 percent in April amid modest job growth.
That was also a decline from a year earlier, when unemployment stood at 6.9 percent.
The economy added 100 jobs in May, all in the private sector, the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions said in the monthly Labor Market Review report released Friday.
San Juan County continues to slowly climb back from deep job losses during the past few years.
Farmington Mayor Tommy Roberts said the new jobs counted by the state agency are difficult to point to.
"Any manner in which the unemployment rate is dropping is positive news for us, but it's difficult to identify where those jobs are coming from," he said.
In April, the county added an impressive 800 jobs, including 500 jobs in goods-producing industries and another 300 service jobs. May's job growth was more modest, but still an improvement.
The Farmington area is still down 300 jobs compared to a year ago.
Statewide, the unemployment rate was 6.7 percent, unchanged from April but down from 7 percent a year ago. New Mexico added 7,800 jobs in the past year, the agency said.
The strongest job growth continued to be in the construction and leisure and hospitality industries, the agency said.