State debt per capita
: $4,004 (16th highest) Pct. without health insurance
: 19.6 percent (6th highest) Pct. below poverty line
: 18.7 percent (12th highest) Unemployment
: 6.6 percent (11th lowest)
New Mexico has a relatively low unemployment rate of 6.6 percent compared with the national average of 9.1 percent. This is down from 8.6 percent one year ago. Other statistics are not as promising. At 18.7 percent, the state has the second highest poverty rate in the country. Worst still, almost 20 percent of New Mexicans do not have health insurance. The state also has the highest rate of violent crime in the country.
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