Bureau of Business & Economic Research

Bureau of Business & Economic Research New Mexico's Economic Experts The Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) is the recognized expert in providing socioeconomic data and forecasting in New Mexico.

With more than 70 years of experience, BBER’s research team provides data and forecasting services to the New Mexico State Legislature, government agencies at the state and local level, private business and nonprofit organizations. BBER’s services and research help government agencies, business leaders, and non-profit organizations to understand, forecast and identify trends and changing economic markets across the state of New Mexico.

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New Mexico unemployment claims grow after steady drop
09/25/2020
New Mexico unemployment claims grow after steady drop

New Mexico unemployment claims grow after steady drop

The U.S. Department of Labor shows an increase in state jobless claims for the week ending Sept. 19, after regular claims had dropped for eight straight weeks.

Lujan Grisham wants longer census count if Biden wins
09/24/2020
Lujan Grisham wants longer census count if Biden wins

Lujan Grisham wants longer census count if Biden wins

While a federal judge is weighing whether the 2020 census count will end early, the governor said states may push for a special census enrollment period if the president loses

09/22/2020
The USPS Is Essential For New Mexicans

The latest episode of our Enchanting Economics podcast is available now! We talk with Ojo Sarco resident Carol Miller about what the US Postal Service means to rural towns. Spoiler alert: it means a lot! #EnchantingEconomicsNM

It's no secret that the USPS is experiencing financial difficulties. But can you imagine life without the post office? Rural communities are already losing t...

UNM Complete Count co-chair and UNM Race and Social Justice’s Dr. Nancy Lopez joins us as we head into the home stretch ...
09/01/2020
‎Enchanting Economics in New Mexico on Apple Podcasts

UNM Complete Count co-chair and UNM Race and Social Justice’s Dr. Nancy Lopez joins us as we head into the home stretch of the 2020 Census. We discuss future changes to the census, current problems and why the census is important for all New Mexicans! #2020Census #completecountnm #icountnm

‎Business · 2020

Our friends over at UNM Race and Social Justice are still running their 2020 Census raffle. Help New Mexico get a comple...
09/01/2020

Our friends over at UNM Race and Social Justice are still running their 2020 Census raffle. Help New Mexico get a complete count today!

We've had some reports of this happening, including to one of our employees. Please remember, if a census taker is knock...
08/31/2020
Getting a Census Taker Visit When You’ve Already Responded

We've had some reports of this happening, including to one of our employees. Please remember, if a census taker is knocking on your door, they are just trying to do what they were instructed to do. Please show kindness and understanding. Being rude or yelling at them helps no one.

Census takers are now visiting households across the nation that have not yet responded. Understandably, some households that have already responded have expressed confusion over why they too are being visited. These visits are part of our efforts to be absolutely sure that we count everyone. If you...

Listen to the newest episode of Enchanting Economics in New Mexico now. We chat with @newmexicostateuniversity retired e...
08/20/2020
Higher Education and the New Mexico Economy by Enchanting Economics in New Mexico • A podcast on Anchor

Listen to the newest episode of Enchanting Economics in New Mexico now. We chat with @newmexicostateuniversity retired econ prof Dr. Jim Peach about Higher Ed enrollment throughout NM and the related challenges our economy faces because of Covid-19. #enchantingeconomicsinNM #nmeducation #highered #covid19

Retired New Mexico State University professor Dr. Jim Peach chats with us about the status of higher education enrollment in the Land of Enchantment as well as the effects it has on our economy.

The last day to submit your self response is Sept. 30! #StopTheKnock #2020Census
08/19/2020

The last day to submit your self response is Sept. 30! #StopTheKnock #2020Census

“Continuing claims offer a more accurate and balanced account of the labor market, as it reflects not only persons seeki...
08/14/2020
Unemployment claims climb in New Mexico while dropping across nation

“Continuing claims offer a more accurate and balanced account of the labor market, as it reflects not only persons seeking unemployment insurance but also persons who have found work and are no longer receiving unemployment insurance,” said BBER Director Jeff Mitchell.

New Mexico is one of only three states prohibiting indoor dining at restaurants, and its 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors has discouraged tourism.

New claims for unemployment benefits in New Mexico fell 17.3 percent to 5,997 for the week ending Aug. 1, the lowest sin...
08/12/2020
Many unanswered questions for New Mexico on federal jobless aid

New claims for unemployment benefits in New Mexico fell 17.3 percent to 5,997 for the week ending Aug. 1, the lowest since July 4, according to the U.S. Department of Labor and state Department of Workforce Solutions.

According to an executive order, the federal government would supply $300 per week in extra unemployment benefits, with states required to contribute an additional $100 per week.

‪Good morning from FOR-UNM. #NewMexico #economics #Forecast ‬
08/07/2020

‪Good morning from FOR-UNM. #NewMexico #economics #Forecast ‬

#ShapeYourFuture, Rural New Mexico Respond Now to the #2020Census!” Ways to respond include online, by phone or if appli...
08/06/2020

#ShapeYourFuture, Rural New Mexico Respond Now to the #2020Census!” Ways to respond include online, by phone or if applicable, via the paper questionnaire with unique ID that was mailed or sent to your home.

In 2010 the entire state of #newmexico had a self-response rate of 60%. These are the counties with the lowest self-response rates in the #landofenchantment as of August 4.

Catron County, New Mexico, County of Mora, Lincoln County, New Mexico, Rio Arriba County, McKinley County Government, De Baca County/Fort Sumner, Harding County, Taos County, Cibola County Commission, Guadalupe County: How can we help get your residents counted?

LAST CALL for free admission to our New Mexico Economic Census data webinar tomorrow at 1 p.m. Register now! #newmexico ...
07/21/2020
NM Economic Census Data Webinar

LAST CALL for free admission to our New Mexico Economic Census data webinar tomorrow at 1 p.m. Register now! #newmexico #newmexicodata #economicdata

Learn about the Economic Census and how to access the data.

ICYMI: FREE webinar regarding New Mexico economic census data on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Register now at Eventbrite: https:/...
07/17/2020

ICYMI: FREE webinar regarding New Mexico economic census data on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Register now at Eventbrite: https://t.co/3AP8JwZStT?amp=1

BBER Director Jeff Mitchell spoke to the LFC yesterday. You can check out the data he shared on the presentations page a...
07/16/2020
UNM financial expert says state could see 165,000 new unemployment claims

BBER Director Jeff Mitchell spoke to the LFC yesterday. You can check out the data he shared on the presentations page at bber.unm.edu #newmexico #nmleg #economicforecast

The state’s legislative finance committee will spend the next few days taking a closer look at how the coronavirus is impacting the economy.

The $600 weekly federal benefit added to people’s unemployment compensation is set to expire July 31 and removes a cushi...
07/15/2020
Experts: NM to face long-lasting economic pain

The $600 weekly federal benefit added to people’s unemployment compensation is set to expire July 31 and removes a cushion that has helped protect New Mexico from the full impact of the crisis. -BBER Director Jeff Mitchell during his presentation to the LFC this morning. Head over to our website (bber.unm.edu) to view the slides from his presentation.

SANTA FE — The economic damage inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic is likely to reshape New Mexico's economy for years, killing smaller companies and expanding the gap between high- and low-wage earners, university researchers told…

07/15/2020
FOR-UNM Q2 – A look at New Mexico’s Forecast

Heard about BBER's economic forecast, FOR-UNM? We do a quarterly report with statistical analysis for the US, State, and MSAs of Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, and Lea & Eddy County. As we prepare for our third quarter meeting in a few weeks, here's a snippet of what BBER Director Jeff Mitchell had to say about during the last meeting about New Mexico's outlook. #enchantingeconomicsnm #newmexico #economicforecast

BBER produces quarterly economic forecasts for the US, State of New Mexico and the MSAs of Albuquerque, Farmington, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, and Lea & Eddy Coun...

This webinar will provide an update on the largest of the business programs conducted by the Census Bureau, the Economic...
07/14/2020
Coming Next Week: AR, FL, GA, MI, NM, OK, & TX Economic Census Update

This webinar will provide an update on the largest of the business programs conducted by the Census Bureau, the Economic Census. The status of the release of the data for AR, FL, GA, MI, NM, OK, and TX will be discussed, as will some key findings to date. Finally, the webinar will provide tips and tricks on how best to access these data on data.census.gov and how to use the materials on the Economic Census web site

This webinar will provide an update on the largest of the business programs conducted by the Census Bureau, the Economic Census. The status of the release of the data for AR, FL, GA, MI, NM, OK, and TX will be discussed, as will some key findings to date. Finally, the webinar will provide tips and t...

ICYMI: Here are the latest additions to our #COVID19 data dashboard. These maps detail the total PPP loans and the dolla...
07/08/2020

ICYMI: Here are the latest additions to our #COVID19 data dashboard. These maps detail the total PPP loans and the dollar amount award by zip code in #NewMexico. See them at https://bber.unm.edu/covid19

The Household Pulse Survey from the US Census Bureau  is designed to deploy quickly and efficiently, collecting data on ...
07/08/2020

The Household Pulse Survey from the US Census Bureau is designed to deploy quickly and efficiently, collecting data on a range of ways in which people’s lives have been impacted by the pandemic. Here's how #NewMexico stacks up in the latest report. #COVID19

Spots are still available for our FREE webinar on New Mexico Economic Census data. Join us on Wednesday, July 22 at 1 p....
07/07/2020
NM Economic Census Data Webinar

Spots are still available for our FREE webinar on New Mexico Economic Census data. Join us on Wednesday, July 22 at 1 p.m. MT as Andy Hait discusses recently released 2017 Economic Census data as well as other new economic data available from ABS, BFS, SBPS & etc. #newmexicodata #economicrecovery

Learn about the Economic Census and how to access the data.

BBER Director Jeff Mitchell said that once the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program runs out later this mo...
07/06/2020
Is NM's unemployment rate reason to hope?

BBER Director Jeff Mitchell said that once the federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program runs out later this month, there’s no evidence that the federal government will replace it with anything as generous.

New Mexico moves at a leisurely pace in a lot of areas, including entering and exiting economic down ...

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Fourth of July...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!
07/04/2020

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Fourth of July...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, AMERICA!

In preparation for this holiday weekend, here's a Fourth of July themed Fun Fact sheet brought to you by the U.S. Census...
07/03/2020

In preparation for this holiday weekend, here's a Fourth of July themed Fun Fact sheet brought to you by the U.S. Census Bureau's Statistics in Schools program. #statsinschools #funfactfriday #fourthofjuly

Listen to the most recent episode of Enchanting Economics in New Mexico: 2020 Census Update – We’re Halfway Complete New...
07/02/2020
2020 Census Update – We’re Halfway Complete New Mexico by Enchanting Economics in New Mexico • A podcast on Anchor

Listen to the most recent episode of Enchanting Economics in New Mexico: 2020 Census Update – We’re Halfway Complete New Mexico #NewMexico #Census2020 #enchantingeconomicsnm

BBER Data Bank Manager and State Data Center representative Suzan Reagan fills us in on how the 2020 Census deadlines are being adjusted due to COVID-19 as well as how New Mexico is doing in its push for a complete count.

In our 2018 paid sick leave study we found 36% of Albuquerque workers do not have paid sick leave — more than 100,000 in...
06/25/2020
Councilors seek Monday vote on part of paid leave bill

In our 2018 paid sick leave study we found 36% of Albuquerque workers do not have paid sick leave — more than 100,000 individuals. The lowest-income households are least likely to have it — 10% of those with annual household incomes under $15,000 have paid leave, compared with 80% with incomes between $75,000 and $99,999.

The Albuquerque city councilors backing paid sick leave legislation say they plan to split their bil ...

“In New Mexico, for every person that is not counted, the state loses $5,000 in federal funding per year—or $50,000 tota...
06/24/2020
COVID-19 Adds a New Snag to the 2020 Census Count of Native Americans

“In New Mexico, for every person that is not counted, the state loses $5,000 in federal funding per year—or $50,000 total per person until the next census in 2030.”

The nation's indigenous population has long been undercounted, but the pandemic presents extra hurdles

06/23/2020
COVID-19 In NM Economy: Part 6 – Childcare support from UNM

We're back! It's been a while but check out the latest podcast episode of Enchanting Economics in New Mexico featuring UNM Children's Campus for Early Care and Education (UNMCC).

Our series on the Coronavirus effects among different industries in New Mexico shifts to the UNM Children’s Campus. Director Daniela Baca updates us on how t...

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With everyone staying home, fill out the 2020 Census. Easy to do and will help your state out with certain funding. Do it!
Highlighting former student employees: Ashley Leach is an Economist with the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions’ Economic Research and Analysis Bureau (ER&A). She joined ER&A in 2009 and is the program lead for the bureau’s labor market research and outreach publications. Ashley also has experience in land use economics, with an emphasis in land use planning, which she gained while working in the private sector in California directly out of graduate school. Ashley earned her M.A. in Economics from The Ohio State University and her B.A. in Economics from The University of New Mexico.