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Las Cruces is considered part of the “BorderPlex”—along with El Paso, Texas and Juaréz, Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the city’s proximity to El Paso/Juaréz, and its location at the interchange of two interstate highways have combined to influence and increase the area’s industrial growth. While still a small part of the overall economic picture, the manufacturing sector is growing, employing about 5 percent of the overall labor force. Agriculture, construction, government, retail trade, tourism and services are other significant economic components.

Economic Sectors — Jobs — Gross Receipts

Construction and mining — 4,300 — $853,914,462
Manufacturing — 3,200 — $581,179,364
Trade, transportation and utilities — 10,400 — $2,382,268,625
Information — 1,000 — $100,088,883
Financial activities — 2,500 — $144,327,564
Professional and business services — 6,400 — $499,011,878
Education and health services — 11,200 — $953,715,224
Leisure and hospitality — 7,200 — $261,209,542
Government — 21,400 — $30,428,694

Total Gross Receipts

All industries — — $6,605,438,556
Retail — — $1,654,766,629

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Labor and Employment

Civilian labor force — — 94,800
Total employed — — 87,400
Unemployed — — 7,500
Unemployment rate — — 7.9%

2009 Building Permits

Commercial — — 2,645

Income

2009 per capita personal — — $28,851
2009 median household — — $43,132
2009 average annual wage per job — — $37,450

Gross Receipts Tax

State — — 5.125%
County — — 1.25%
City — — 1.1875%
Total — — 7.5625%

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