Rio Rancho Labor Force
Rio Rancho is New Mexico’s second largest city in square miles, fourth largest in population, and the fastest growing city in the state. The City fostered a strong industrial base anchored in Intel throughout the 80s and 90s that has since blossomed into a spectrum of manufacturing and back-office support industries. Rio Rancho is fast becoming a home to the film industry as well. With more than 80 percent of the City’s population having at least a high school diploma, and with immediate access to New Mexico’s largest workforce, Rio Rancho is ideal for business expansion.
Rio Rancho’s adjacency to Albuquerque allows it to draw from the largest labor pool in New Mexico. Sandoval County, which encompasses most of Rio Rancho, is included in the Albuquerque MSA definition. The table below presents the most recent estimate data for the State by county. Rio Rancho is in both Sandoval and Bernalillo counties (Note: little to no population lives within the Bernalillo County section of the City limits at this time).
The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of labor Statistics (BLS) publishes employment statistics for Rio Rancho on a monthly basis. The term labor force, as used by BLS, typically refers to the total number of persons 16 years of age and older and classified as employed or unemployed. The civilian labor force is defined as the total labor force, excluding persons in the armed forces. The civilian labor force is equal to employment plus unemployment.