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Obama’s Labor Legacy: Lost Jobs in New Mexico

  • Post published:September 22, 2016
  • Post category:News

NMBC President Carla Sonntag said, “Our manufacturers are doing what they can to produce jobs that are badly needed. But the onslaught of anti-business regulations from the Obama Administration’s Department of Labor have stalled job growth opportunities and contributed to New Mexico having one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation.”

“It has been troubling to watch regulation after regulation with major economic costs come from this administration,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse. “These regulations are making it harder for manufacturers to continue to create jobs and economic opportunity. It is becoming clear that the administration is dismissing the real-world costs while manufacturers are losing valuable hours and money spent complying with these regulations. This study demonstrates the true impact of regulations that are duplicative, complicated and burdensome.

“We understand the need for reasonable regulations and take pride in creating safe workplaces with opportunities for all, but this increasing stream of burdens is not a balanced approach that we need to succeed. Manufacturers want to spend their time and resources hiring new workers or investing in life-improving products, but the billions being spent complying with burdensome regulations makes that goal increasingly difficult to achieve.”

According to the study, recent labor regulations from the administration will cost the following over the next 10 years: 881.6 billion in compliance costs; 155,700 lost jobs; 411 million hours of paperwork.

Key findings include the following:

  1. The pace of labor rulemaking in the waning months of the Obama presidency will easily exceed that of the previous three two-term presidencies. On average, the Obama administration’s Department of Labor finalized nearly twice as many major labor regulations per year than the previous four administrations.

To read the full study, click here.

The New Mexico Business Coalition (NMBC), the NM Affiliate Group for the National Association of Manufacturing, is a non-partisan advocacy organization representing businesses of all sizes, employees and New Mexican families throughout the state. NMBC works specifically to change the business environment in New Mexico to one that fosters and promotes job creation and an improved quality of life for all New Mexicans. NMBC knows our state can do better by lessening the burden on businesses in the form of taxes, fees, registrations, and other requirements. POB 95735 • Albuquerque, NM 87199 • (505) 836-4223 •

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