Otero County companies reflect on the labor market during the COVID pandemic

Otero County companies reflect on the labor market during the COVID pandemic

Holloman Air Force Base, Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center and Alamogordo Public Schools are among the largest employers in Otero County.

This means that Otero County – also up to see an increase in the medical and recreational cannabis industry – has a varied labor market.

The latest unemployment data showed that Otero County had an unemployment rate of 4.8%, lower than the state-wide percentage of 5.2%, according to the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions.

Unemployment in New Mexico peaked at 13.4% in July 2020 as the state battled the COVID-19 pandemic and imposed public health orders that affected local, regional and state economies.

Regulations affecting businesses in New Mexico were reduced in 2021, allowing businesses to reopen. However, the economic recovery was slow, officials said as employees stayed home, leaving countless jobs in the region vacant.

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center at dusk on November 10, 2021.

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center

Through the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center was challenged by a need for medical staff and fatigue among its current staff.

Spokeswoman for the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center, Lillie Lewis, said the presence of crisis nurses was somewhat eased, which softened the nurses’ turnover.

“We started receiving crisis nurses in November,” Lewis said. “It’s been a help, but it’s just an area of ‚Äč‚Äčnursing. Nursing is part of running an organization that is so big.”

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