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Las Cruces Actively Working to Stimulate Job Growth 2019

Despite a recent ranking by the personal financial website, WalletHub.com, the City of Las Cruces has been aggressively working to stimulate employment activity.

According to WalletHub’s “Best Cities to Find a Job” 2019 survey released January 3, Las Cruces ranked 181 out of 182 nationwide. WalletHub.com compared U.S. cities across 30 key indicators of job-market strength. The indicators ranged from job opportunities to employment growth to monthly average starting salary.

“One of my first actions as city manager was to create an Economic Development Department with an emphasis on downtown development, a more business centric customer orientation and job creation,” said City Manager Stuart C. Ed. “It is a way of strengthening our relationship with the business community as part of the City’s strategic plan developed and approved by City Council in the spring of 2017,” Ed says. “The outcome is to expand existing jobs and to create new ones.”

“We are working on many different levels to stimulate job opportunities,” said City Economic Development Director Phil San Filippo. “We are working with New Mexico State University to ensure that graduating students are ready to meet the changing workforce needs. In addition, we are partnering with Virgin Galactic to transition in the approximately 100 new jobs that will be coming into our area as they prepare to become the first company offering space tourism.”

Filippo also said the department’s Business Concierge program was created to better serve the needs of the business community with a customer and solution-oriented approach on such matters as licensing and permitting, small business assistance, and other resources provided by the City. The City’s business concierge is Donald Bustos who can be reached at 575/541-2425.

To determine the best job markets in the U.S., the website survey compared 182 cities – including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state – across two key dimensions, “Job Market” and “Socioeconomics.”

A heavier weight was assigned to “Socioeconomics,” considering factors in that category most heavily influence a job seeker’s decision in terms of relocation for employment.

The two dimensions were then evaluated using 30 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for job seekers.

In 2018, Wallethub.com listed Las Cruces as the best-run city in New Mexico, 11th in the nation. In 2017, WalletHub ranked Las Cruces as the best run city in New Mexico, sixth in the nation and in 2016 Las Cruces was ranked the 12th best in the nation. In 2018, WalletHub ranked Las Cruces as the safest city in New Mexico and one of the best places to retire.