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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2017 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in September 2009 at 9.6% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Texas 4.9% +0.1 +0.3
El Paso 5.3% +0.2 +0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 14,719 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 2,726. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 18,887 +967 +2,726

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 5.0%
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.3% 18,887
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 5.1% 17,920
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 5.1% 18,102
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 4.8% 16,921
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 5.0% 17,723
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.2% 18,626
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.1% 18,204
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.9% 17,315
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.7% 16,543
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 4.8% 16,848
April
2016
5.0% 4.6% 5.0% 17,375

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.