(505) 891-4305
1201 Rio Rancho Blvd. Ste. C



This is the place where talents come to life.

Sandoval County 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. Sandoval County is fast becoming a home to the film industry as well. With the County’s population falling above the national average in level of education, and with immediate access to New Mexico’s largest workforce, Sandoval County is ideal for business expansion.

The county’s adjacency to Albuquerque allows it to draw from the largest labor pool in New Mexico. Sandoval County, which encompasses 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).

Data Collection

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.


Union Presence

The following tables present information on union membership obtained from www.unionstats.com. The New Mexico data includes membership, coverage, and density estimates for New Mexico for both private and public entities. The data in the MSA comparison tables is for private entities.

The data source is Current Population Survey (CPS) Outgoing Rotation Group (ORG) Earnings Files, 2006. Sample includes employed wage and salary workers, ages 16 and over. Variable definitions are: State Code=Census state code used in CPS, Obs=CPS sample size, Employment=wage and salary employment, Members=employed workers who are union members, Covered=workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement, %Mem=percent of employed workers who are union members, and %Cov=percent of employed workers who are covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

New Mexico Union Membership – 2008


New Mexico Workforce Connection

Sandoval County Office

301 Rail Runner Avenue
Bernalillo, New Mexico 87004
Phone: (505) 771-2160
Fax: (505) 771-2541


Summary of Business Services

  • Register your company and post job opportunities with the Department of Workforce Solutions at www.dws.state.nm.us

  • Assist employers with job openings ranging from construction to technology, with a pool of job-ready applicants

  • OJT and customized training

  • Reach available workforce – review resumes 24 hours a day

  • Offer pre-screening of applicants and refer qualified applicants

  • Assist with basic computer training

  • Administer job and skill set assessments

  • Provide on-site recruitment/employer spotlights/mini job fairs to showcase your company

  • Network employer connections within same industry

  • Access labor market information

  • Offer LASER (Labor Analysis, Statistics, and Economic Research)

  • Provide Unemployment Insurance (UI) tax information and Work Opportunity Tax Credits (WOTC)

  • Veterans Connection

  • Access workforce forms


Overview of Business Services

The New Mexico Workforce Connection Business and Career Centers (NMWC BCC) provides numerous services to businesses to help them maximize their profit by lowering recruitment costs. Business can utilize the centers to access the following services at no cost: employee recruitment and screening, posting job openings on local, state and national websites, receiving and forwarding applicant resumes, pre-screening and referral of qualified job seekers, tax credit information, labor market information, labor law compliance information, additional resources on issues that affect employers, federal bonding program, and access to training partnerships to support and develop a qualified workforce.

Intensive business services may also be provided, including job profiling, individual recruitment plans, group and individual counseling, skill assessment and occupational profiling, and business seminars.

To aid in recruitment efforts, the NMWC BCC has a Virtual One-Stop System (VOSS) for online resume and job posting. For more information, visit the New Mexico Workforce Connection online.

Albuquerque Metro Area Wages

The New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions (DWS) publishes wage rates for the Metro Area. The following table represents the most recent ‘Non-agricultural wage and Salary Employment’ (not seasonally adjusted).


For more information please visit: http://www.dws.state.nm.us/

Commute Time

Of the Sandoval County workers who are 16 years of age and older, 89.49 percent drive a car, truck or van to work. From that total, 78.95 percent drive alone, and 10.54 percent carpool. The mean travel time to work is 29.17 minutes.

Persons with a commute time of 15 minutes or less: 22.89%
Persons with a commute time of 15 to 29 minutes: 27.04%
Persons with a commute time of 30 to 44 minutes: 29%
Persons with a commute time of 45 to 59 minutes: 13.02%
Persons with a commute time of 60 minutes or more: 8.06%


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