NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – The jobless rate is improving in New Mexico, but it’s lagging behind the rest of the country. The Department of Workforce Solutions says the unemployment rate fell to 5.8% in December.

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That’s down from 6.2% in November and a full 3% from the previous year. However, it’s higher than the nearly 4% rate seen nationally. In New Mexico, leisure and hospitality saw the biggest gains with more than 23,000 new jobs.