By: Tom Wright Oil prices are up over 60% since President Biden took office. Locally, the gasoline average is up 35% and propane up 30-cents per gallon. Why?… Read More
New Mexico still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, according to U.S. Department of Labor figures released Friday. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the state’s November jobless rate was 6.1 percent, the same as October. A year ago, it was 6.7 percent. New Mexico’s unemployment was higher than all other states except Alaska, which continued to have the country’s worst unemployment rate at 7.2 percent. The District of Columbia’s rate, 6.4 percent, was between that of New Mexico and Alaska.
The Labor Department releases its November employment report Friday. Economists surveyed by the Journal expect employers added 195,000 jobs and see the unemployment rate holding steady at 4.1%
New Mexico’s high school graduation rate reached a record high in 2016 but was still second-worst in the nation, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Education. Seventy-one percent of New Mexico students earned a cap and gown in 2016, just ahead of Washington, D.C., at 69 percent. Nationally, the 2016 graduation rate hit a record 84 percent, and top-performing states Iowa and New Jersey surpassed 90 percent.
The state has missed out on some great employment opportunitues because other competitors had a "larger labor pool," as was the case in April when Hulu announced it had chosen San Antonio as the winner of one of its new facilities. Others, like Tesla Motors, chose to plunk its $5 billion gigafactory in Nevada over New Mexico because the former offered $1.3 billion in tax incentives. Mayor Richard Berry previously told Albuquerque Business First the city was willing to add up to $30 million of its own money to help land the factory, which will create 16,000 jobs.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — The Los Alamos Public Schools board is facing heat for over a proposal aimed at protecting immigrant students amid fears of increased federal immigration enforcement. The proposed resolution calls for school employees not to keep any records showing that information after admission.
If you believe illegal immigration isn't a problem for citizens, both natural and naturalized, think again. Of the 267 MS-13 gang members arrested in Operation Raging Bull, 16 were citizens, while the other 198 were foreign nationals. Only five of the foreign nationals had legal status. Sixty-four of those crossed the border illegally as unaccompanied alien children. MS-13 has more than 10,000 members across 40 states, and is one of the most dangerous criminal organizations in the United States today.
Suspension rates have plummeted, and every time the numbers go down, social-justice activists celebrate. This would be a happy story if schools were as safe as ever. But if they’re getting less safe, then activists are cheering on a twisted tragedy.
With New Mexico’s decades-old reliance on massive coal-fired generating plants winding down, Public Service Company of New Mexico is facing a prolonged battle with local groups over the future of the state’s electric grid. The company filed a new “integrated resource plan,” or IRP, with the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission last summer that calls for shutting down the San Juan Generating Station near Farmington by 2022, and pulling out of the nearby Four Corners Power Plant by 2031. It proposes replacing nearly 700 megawatts of lost coal-fired generation from those plants with a lot more natural gas, nuclear power and renewables like solar and wind.
Early voting is making a bigger impact on local elections. More than 55,000 voters cast votes by the close of early voting Friday, far outpacing the early voting that preceded the October election, according to City Clerk’s Office data.
Are educators spending less time on teaching if they have students with disabilities in their classrooms? The answer, based on a survey of teachers from 38 countries, including the United States, is yes—but digging into the data reveals a complex picture that goes beyond inclusion. Across the world, for example, classes with a high percentage of students with disabilities also have teachers with less experience and less training, according to an international survey of teachers. Those classrooms also have higher percentages of students who have behavior problems reported by their teachers that may be separate from the presence of a disability.