Gov. Martinez discusses area job losses

Posted at: 02/11/2013 6:55 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Governor Susana Martinez
Governor Susana Martinez

Gov. Susana Martinez says New Mexico must make big changes to stop the flow of working people and jobs heading out of state.

Martinez says we have two big jobs to do: Fix the public schools and make New Mexico a better place to do business.

Forbes magazine, the nation's business bible, just reported on a trend KOB Eyewitness News 4 first reported on in early January. The state ranks in the top five states for more people moving away than moving in. It's all about companies moving jobs out of state. If you move the jobs, the people will follow.

"Are we competitive, as far as our tax structure, or are we so high and so costly and have such a poor education system that they don't want to live here," Martinez said. "We can't keep doing the same things over and over and overtaxing business so they can't keep their doors open and they move and they take their families with them."

Some of the data for the Forbes article comes from the recent United Van Lines annual report on moving trends. Workforce statistics from the U.S. Labor Department confirm a shrinking number of people working and looking for work in New Mexico.

Other states in the top five for people moving out are New Jersey, Illinois, West Virginia and New York.