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, 2016, Aggregate of all types of ownership

Industry Sector Average Establishments Average Employment Total Wage           Average Weekly Wage
Accommodation & Food Services 4,197 91,566 $1,663,093,214 $349
Administrative & Waste Services 3,204 45,079 $1,586,495,229 $677
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting 857 11,528 $343,069,912 $572
Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation 961 17,502 $457,218,963 $502
Construction 5,390 49,243 $2,270,104,753  $887
Educational Services 1,385 74,492 $3,165,813,516 $817
Finance & Insurance 2,748 22,739 $1,381,471,220 $1,168
Health Care & Social Assistance 9,112 140,146 $6,082,730,229 $835
Information 1,013 13,443 $670,441,067 $959
Management of Companies & Enterprises 329 5,384 $361,623,619 $1,292
Manufacturing  1,726 26,405 $1,408,108,321 $1,026
Mining 1,137 21,056 $1,603,461,359 $1,464
Other Services, Ex. Public Admin 4,022 21,036 $688,897,331  $630
Professional & Technical Services 6,708 56,793 $4,461,335,488 $1,511
Public Administration 1,883 61,486 $3,446,271,401 $1,078
Real Estate & Rental & Leasing 2,375 10,144 $391,382,442 $742
Retail Trade 6,120 92,075 $2,631,184,736 $550
Transportation & Warehousing  1,803 23,050 $1,111,735,522 $928
Utilities 407 6,227 $431,676,440  $1,333
Wholesale Trade 2,730 21,121 $1,129,820,469 $1,029
Total, All Industries 58,104 810,512 $35,285,935,231 $837

Source: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions' QCEW Unit

The table above shows 2016 data on employment, total wages and average weekly wages for industry sectors. In 2016, the largest industry by number of establishments, average employment and total wage was the Health Care and Social Assistance sector. As a share of the total employment, the Health Care and Social Assistance industry employed roughly 17% of the total statewide employment. During 2016, the Professional and Technical Services industry had the highest weekly wage of $1,511 compare to the total of all industries of $837. The lowest paying industry was the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation industry with an average weekly wage of $502.

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 2017). For more data on occupational employment and wage estimates, please visit theOccupational 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, 2017 (excel)
May 2015 Occupational and Employment Statistics for New Mexico and MSAs