The Truth-O-Meter Says:

New Mexico moved "up to" sixth in the nation in job growth.

Bill Richardson on Thursday, May 10th, 2007 in a TV Ad.

Yes, but note the fine print

Richardson is correct, but doesn't mention the fine print.

In touting his economic record as New Mexico's governor, Richardson's campaign produced a TV ad noting the pace of the state's job growth while he's been in office. Although the state was ranked sixth in August 2006 for job growth, it most recently ranked 15th. A more accurate statement would be to say that the state "ranked as high as sixth in the nation."

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Published: Tuesday, June 19th, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Subjects: Job Accomplishments


New Mexico Department of Labor, June 2007 Employment News Release

New Mexico Governor's Office, Governor announces fourth year of tax cuts

Albuquerque Journal, "New Mexico Rising: The new jobs appearing in the state pay better than previous years, April 26, 2007"

Interviews: James Peach, New Mexico State University; Gabriel Sanchez, University of New Mexico; Lee Reynis, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, University of New Mexico, Gerry Bradley, NM Voices for Children.

Written by: Bill Adair
Researched by: Lea Iadarola
Edited by: Scott Montgomery

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