New Mexico Economic Development Department
Jon Barela is the Cabinet Secretary for the New Mexico Economic Development Department. He was appointed by Governor Susana Martinez in 2010 and unanimously confirmed by the state Senate. In 2015, he was reappointed by Governor Martinez and unanimously reconfirmed. Under Secretary Barela’s leadership, private-sector job growth has reached its highest level in nearly a decade, New Mexico’s unemployment rate has dropped 3 percentage points and state’s private-sector jobs have grown by 2.4 percent. New Mexico has moved from 50th in job growth in 2011 to the top 20 in private-sector job creation.