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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso rose 0.2 percentage points in July 2016 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in September 2009 at 9.6% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 4.6% +0.1 +0.2
El Paso 4.9% +0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2016 data as August 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 33,606. There are now 16,278 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,161 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,167. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 17,328 +785 -296

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
August
2016
4.9% 4.7%
July
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.9% 17,328
June
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.7% 16,543
May
2016
4.7% 4.4% 4.8% 16,848
April
2016
5.0% 4.4% 5.0% 17,375
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 4.9% 17,087
February
2016
4.9% 4.3% 4.6% 16,161
January
2016
4.9% 4.5% 4.8% 16,690
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.1% 17,714
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.2% 17,920
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 5.2% 17,989
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 5.1% 17,766

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.