Employment and Wages

Although much similar to the County Business Patterns dataset, the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program provides quarterly and annual data on establishments, employment, total wages and average weekly wages for industry sectors by ownership type. In addition to the 33 counties for which data is made available, data is also provided for the four metropolitan statistical areas and workforce regions of the state. This program is administered by the New Mexico Department of Work Force Solutions in association with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The program publishes quarterly employment and wage data for workers covered by New Mexico Unemployment Insurance (UI) laws (this includes all state and local government workers) and for federal government employees covered by Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE). Employment data represents the number of workers on the payroll during the pay period including the 12th day of the month. This includes both full-time and part-time workers. Wages represent the gross amount of all payrolls for all pay periods paid within the quarter, regardless of the timing of the services performed and includes commissions, bonuses, and overtime pay.

New Mexico Employment and Wages, 2015, Aggregate of all types of ownership

Industry Sector Average Establishments Average Employment Total Wage (000s) Average Weekly Wage
Accommodation & Food Services 4,114 88,879 $1,543,405 $334
Administrative & Waste Services 3,129 43,115 $1,477,010 $659
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 839 11,776 $317,502 $518
Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation 905 17,531 $452,132 $496
Construction 5,321 47,277 $2,055,180  $836
Educational Services 1,365 77,899 $3,184,963 $786
Finance & Insurance 2,781 22,023 $1,325,415 $1,157 
Health Care & Social Assistance 8,044 135,170 $5,724,649 $814
Information 1,076 13,782 $683,614 $954
Management of Companies & Enterprises 337 5,172 $349,119 $1,298
Manufacturing  1,720 27,803 $1,594,350 $1,103
Mining 1,224 25,508 $1,928,930 $1,454
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin 4,067 20,894 $646,598  $595
Professional & Technical Services 6,760 54,577 $4,101,897 $1,445
Public Administration 1,687 60,088 $3,292,361 $1,054
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 2,335 10,267 $385,612 $722
Retail Trade 6,251 94,299 $2,611,217 $533
Transportation & Warehousing  1,790 23,087 $1,105,156 $921
Utilities 394 6,173 $423,276  $1,319
Wholesale Trade 2,774 21,457 $1,129,979 $1,013
Total, All Industries 56,912 806,776 $34,332,364 $818

Source: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions' QCEW Unit

The table above shows 2015 data on employment, total wages and average weekly wages for industry sectors. Between 2014 and 2015, total employment grew by 1%. Over this one year period, Health Care and Social Asssistance employment rose by 4%, Management of Companies and Enterprises by 2.4%, Accommodation & Food Services by 2.2%, and Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation also grew by 2.1%. In 2015, the Mining sector paid the highest average weekly wage in New Mexico ($1,454) followed by Professional and Technical Services at $1,445 and Utilities at $1,319. The lowest paying industry was the Accommodation and Food Services industry, paying $334 weekly. The Health Care and Social Assistance sector makes up the highest share of total payroll (wages) and employment in the state.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program produces employment and wage estimates annually for over 800 occupations. These estimates are available for the nation as a whole, for individual states, and for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Occupational wage and employment data is provided for the state and all four metropolitan areas for the most recent publication (May 2015). For more data on occupational employment and wage estimates, please visit the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program.

Data on employment and wages is available for download below in both pdf and excel formats. To access quarterly data on employment and wages please visit the Labor Analysis Statistics & Economic Research website.

Annual averages QCEW for New Mexico, Counties, and MSAs, 2005-2015 (excel)
Annual averages QCEW for Counties and Statewide, 2001-2010 (pdf)
Annual averages QCEW for Counties and Statewide, 2011-2012 (pdf)
May 2015 Occupational and Employment Statistics for New Mexico and MSAs