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Generations of families have ranched and mined in southwest New Mexico. It has been our way of life. The mining boom peaked in 1870 with the discovery of silver ore and today copper is actively mined by Phelps Dodge New Mexico Operations. A workforce numbering over 27,800 is available from the four–county area of Grant, Luna, Catron, and Hidalgo counties.

Pathfinder's study of October 2004 revealed that our workforce characteristics include:

  • Four-county civilian labor force composed of 27,800 people
  • Our workforce has modern, state of the art technical skills
  • 33% of the workforce have technology and telecommunication experience and skills
    30% have industrial quality assurance, maintenance, installation and repair experience and skills

Local employers rate our region’s workforce as productive and aiding in its profitability.

More than 6,200 workers in our area are interested in changing jobs because they are underemployed. The majority of these available workers are under the age of 40 with equal numbers of male and female. Of these available workers 45% have college experience or degrees.

Covered employment (jobs reported for unemployment tax) is 65.6% of the total estimated labor force in Grant County. The State of New Mexico has 70% covered employment compared to total labor force. This indicates that Grant County has a higher than average number of workers who are in home-based or "under employed" categories.
Reflecting growth trends in average employment statistics covered employment figures for 1991 through 1997 indicate a 16% growth in all jobs.

Of the Grant County population 16 years and older, 50% are in the labor force. In a 40-mile radius around Silver City there are 8,417 families. Approximately 34% have one member in the labor force, and 39% have two workers in the labor force.

A work force of 35% travels less than 10 minutes to reach their job site, and 49% travel 10-19 minutes to reach their job site. The average travel time to work is 15.23 minutes.

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Gila EDA Roundtable
Dear Gila EDA Roundtable Participants, After a long hiatus during the summer, The Gila EDA Roundtable is back in session! Please mark your calendars for Friday, September 18th, 8 a.m. for coffee, 8:30 a.m. meeting to be held at the Grant County Administration Bldg., Commission Chambers. This month we are anxious to present Anthony Quintana of Q's Southern Bistro, Branding Iron Brewing Co., & The Fry House Wings and Fries. We are also anxious to hear about what has been happening and what we have to look forward to in our community from Emily Shilling of the Southwest Council of Government. We are also anxious to hear from you. Please plan on attending.
Grant County Economic Development Master Plan - Final Recommendations from Angelou Economics, Inc.
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Grant County Target Industries
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Grant County Market Assessment
Angelou Economics, INC located in Austin, Texas has been awarded the contract to write the Grant County Economic Development Master Plan. The initiative is being supported by an EDA grant awarded to Grant County. Phase I of the plan consisting of a Market Assessment has been completed after meeting with various focus groups and conducting numerous business interviews, as well as receiving great response from an on line survey for Grant County residents and another for Grant County businesses owners.