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The State of New Mexico's Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) Board has awarded more than $5.5 million to 18 companies across the state – including in Las Cruces and Deming – during September and October, in support of 803 new jobs, state Economic Development Dept. Sec. Alicia J. Keyes has announced.
The September awards totaled $3.6 million for 672 trainees and one intern, with another $1.9 million for 129 trainees and one intern awarded in October. Average salaries for trainees range from $11.62 to $69.71 an hour.
The JTIP program is instrumental in attracting and retaining businesses in New Mexico. Its reimbursement for training new employees and employees who wish to improve their current job positions is a driving force for expansion of local employment, the news release said.
"JTIP is supporting new jobs in timber, meat processing, energy, robotics, food manufacturing, software and satellites," Keyes said. "These are the diverse industries that are growing and expanding in New Mexico with help from JTIP and other economic incentives. This is one way the state and lawmakers can help businesses grow and create jobs in uncertain economic times."
The awardees include: