More than half of Santa Fe’s workforce lives outside city limits. That’s the word from a new study released earlier this week by the state Department of Workforce Solutions.
While distressing — the money those workers make is spent in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho or Española rather than in Santa Fe, the report gives city and business leaders solid information to make a dent in those numbers. Currently, only 30 percent of Santa Fe’s workforce lives and works in the city. Some 51 percent commute from elsewhere, and another 19 percent live in Santa Fe and work outside the city. That comes at a cost. A 2007 study by Homewise found that the local economy loses some $301.6 million in annual spending because of commuting workers — those are dollars we could use, especially in tax revenues to pay for necessary services.