Breaking Bad helped create new jobs in NM tourism

by workforceplanner

Workforce Locator™ offers an important feature; it allows searching by metropolitan statistical area (MSA) returning timely and accurate details. Nevertheless, depending upon desire for preciseness, a workforce planner might doubly verify information, since, as the closing paragraphs in the article I’ve posted here indicate, there are slight discrepancies when calculations used by some cities return different percentages than those numbers reported by the BLS.

About my Breaking Bad headline; it means there are only 5 days left to Vince Gilligan’s “Felina” – B**CH!

*Seriously, I don’t know if it can be said as absolutely as I wrote it, but there could be a connection between BB and an increase in New Mexico tourism jobs.

*Updated, September 26, 2013 – this PRWeb dot com snippet quotes Dale Lockett, President/CEO of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau and indicates my statement is a fair assessment…

> “We are reaching a new potential visitor audience that may not have considered Albuquerque for vacation in the past through shows like Breaking Bad. People want to come here and see the actual locations where the filming is taking place”

Here’s the article I referred to before mentioning Breaking Bad:

Tourism workforce makes gains as manufacturing jobs decline

Sep 24, 2013

Bruce Krasnow

There was a cynical retort at the end of the Clinton administration to counter his boasting that 22 million jobs were created during his presidency: “Yeah, I know someone who has three of them.”

Let’s face it, any new job is a good job. To have work means dignity and a place in society, and in this high-tech world, there is no such thing as a low-skilled job — cashiers, servers, taxi drivers, even hotel workers need to master high customer-service skills and new technology to stay employed.

Still, the challenges that came from the rise of the service and retail sectors during the 1990s are true in New Mexico today. Just look at the August 2013 employment report from the state Department of Workforce Solutions. That month saw a huge jump in the leisure and hospitality workforce — 4,400 statewide with most of those coming in the Albuquerque metro area.

At the same time, New Mexico continues to shed manufacturing jobs, and the government sector contracted again by another 3,100 jobs — with half of those in the federal government, which not only has better pay but also solid health insurance and a guaranteed pension.

The prerecession jobs peak for the tourism and hospitality sector was 88,300 jobs statewide in September 2007, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That ceiling was reached in April, and preliminary numbers from August 2013 show the sector surged to 91,500 jobs — an increase of 6.3 percent from a year ago.

The growth might very well be temporary as the cool from Breaking Bad fades in Albuquerque, and the cultural tourists move on to the next hot venue. Still, it is a good thing because the average annual wage for a bartender statewide is about $22,000, while a machinist is $48,000. So how many jobs in tourism, hospitality, leisure does it take to replace one in manufacturing? Even a journalist can do that calculation: two, and that is not even counting nonwage compensation as health insurance and retirement.

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Even though Alan Ball, a broker with Keller Williams Realty Santa Fe, has blogged that August 2013 residential home sales in Santa Fe were the best in 73 months, he is still proclaiming that the market has turned in favor of buyers.

“Our real estate market is still our real estate market, and it is not the same as the national scene, or any of the nearby metropolitan areas such as Dallas, Denver and Phoenix. Lots of the talk and chatter on a national level is about a shortage of residential inventory — a lack of homes for sale. … That is not the case in Santa Fe. Sales are up here, but inventory is up even more. … The sobering truth is: we are in a buyer’s market and now is the right time and place to price homes aggressively,” Ball wrote.

Still, for those who are in the business of buying and selling homes in Santa Fe, August was good. That month saw 177 residential sales, the most since June 2007, and so far, 2013 sales volume is 7 percent ahead of last year.

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The city of Santa Fe uses a slightly different cost-of-living calculation when adjusting its minimum wage every year. But numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that over the last 12 months, the prices for all items tracked nationwide increased 1.5 percent.

When the city makes its calculations in January, it will use a formula based on prices in the Intermountain West — so it might be a bit more or less. But the national number would mean an increase of 16 cents in the Santa Fe minimum wage, moving it to $10.67 from $10.51.

Any adjustment made by the city would become effective March 1, 2014 — just a few days before the municipal election.