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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2015 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in June 2011 at 9.7% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Texas 4.3% +0.1 -0.8
El Paso 5.2% -0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 June 2011 at 33,755. There are now 15,832 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 May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 17,923 -218 -5,266

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 5.2% 17,923
April
2015
5.4% 4.2% 5.3% 18,141
March
2015
5.5% 4.2% 5.3% 18,289
February
2015
5.5% 4.3% 5.3% 18,347
January
2015
5.7% 4.4% 5.6% 19,268
December
2014
5.6% 4.6% 5.7% 19,809
November
2014
5.8% 4.6% 5.9% 20,518
October
2014
5.7% 4.7% 6.1% 21,185
September
2014
5.9% 4.8% 6.3% 21,911
August
2014
6.1% 4.9% 6.5% 22,695
July
2014
6.2% 5.0% 6.6% 22,923
June
2014
6.1% 5.0% 6.6% 22,920

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.