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NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.4 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in July 2011 at 10.7% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Texas 4.6% 0.0 -1.0
El Paso 6.4% -0.4 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: El Paso, Texas, National

El Paso, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

El Paso, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in El Paso peaked in July 2011 at 34,858. There are now 14,170 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 20,688 -1,407 -6,422

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4%
March
2015
5.5% 4.2%
February
2015
5.5% 4.3%
January
2015
5.7% 4.4%
December
2014
5.6% 4.6% 6.4% 20,688
November
2014
5.8% 4.6% 6.8% 22,095
October
2014
5.7% 4.7% 7.1% 22,922
September
2014
5.9% 4.8% 7.2% 23,324
August
2014
6.1% 4.9% 7.2% 23,435
July
2014
6.2% 5.0% 7.1% 22,998
June
2014
6.1% 5.0% 7.1% 22,819
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 7.2% 23,249

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.