Job growth has returned to Santa Fe, although one sector -- government work -- hasn't revived yet, according to the Department of Workforce Solutions' Labor Market Review.
Granted, March's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the Santa Fe Metropolitan Statistical Area in March was
5.3 percent, the same as last year at this same time.
But over the month and over the year, job growth was positive in Santa Fe.
Starting with March, the MSA reported 400 new jobs, with the gain exclusively in the private sector.
The gainers were leisure and hospitality, up 300 jobs, and professional and business services, up 100 jobs.
The other nine industries -- construction, manufacturing, wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation, warehousing and utilities, information, financial activities, educational and health services and miscellaneous other services -- were all unchanged.
As for government jobs in March, growth was even. Federal government was up 100 jobs, state government was down 100 jobs and local government was unchanged.
Over the year, total nonfarm employment for the Santa Fe MSA was 1,600 jobs up, an improvement of 2.7 percent.
"Payrolls expanded by an impressive 1,800 jobs or 4.2 in the private sector," the review said, but contracted by
200 jobs or 1.2 percent in government.
The sectors showing the largest gain were leisure and hospitality, up 1,200 jobs, followed by educational and health services, up 500 jobs, and both construction and financial activities, up 100 jobs.
"Total government has been a drag on total nonfarm employment since December 2000, but it appears the end of losses is nearing," the review said.
Two private sector industries -- other services and professional and business services -- lost 200 and 100 jobs, respectively.
Where are the shortages and where are the surpluses in the job market?
Job shortages statewide include computer programmers, home-health aides, teachers and internists. Surpluses include couriers and messengers, food-prep workers and stock clerks.
Santa Fe, by the way, needs cashiers, electricans, social workers and tellers, among others.
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After just eight months in business, Whoo's Donuts is expanding its menu to offer quick breakfasts and lunches. The Santa Fe doughnut shop has also launched a wholesale business with retail outlets around the city that now carry its doughnuts, an email said.
and his wife, Kari
, who opened Whoo's Donuts right next door to their acclaimed chocolate boutique, The Chocolate Smith, in September 2011, are expanding their business after a very successful eight months.
Whoo's Donuts is now carrying breakfast burritos and sandwiches made by The Providers, along with lemon blueberry muffins, shortbread and several new doughnut creations. The burritos and sandwiches are designed for easy takeout, or diners can eat them in the shop.
Whoo's Donuts' new wholesale business means its doughnuts can be found around the city, from Java Joe's to the
Santa Fe Farmers Market and Whole Foods.
Whoo's Donuts is at 851-B Cerrillos Road, near Whole Foods, and is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, or until the doughnuts sell out. Its number is 629-1678.
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flew into Santa Fe from Bangkok last week to put the finishing touches on his new store on West San Francisco Street called Eastern Serenity.
The store, which is next to Coldwater Creek, specializes in Southeast Asian decor, jewelry and clothing.
Murray promotes "strong, supportive relationhips with [his] artisans," a statement said. "Artisans share in the business."
Murray, who attended St. John's College, has lived in Thailand for 20 years.
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