Albuquerque’s Big Employers Start Major Buy Local, Hire Local Program – Next City

In a city like Albuquerque, New Mexico, where unemployment is currently at 6.4 percent, a big company’s decision to focus on working with local contractors and workers can make a world of difference. And with the second-highest unemployment rate in the country, New Mexico as a whole is rich with untapped workers who just need to hone the skills that employers need. On Sept. 27, Albuquerque’s biggest employers in the healthcare and education industries debuted a citywide initiative to start bridging these gaps. Called Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque, it rings six major organizations like Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the University of New Mexico’s Health Science Center into a pledge to start thinking local, training local and buying local.

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