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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 5.0%. 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Texas 4.7% -0.1 +0.2
El Paso 5.0% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 15,876 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 1,569. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 17,730 -896 -259

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.0% 17,730
September
2016
5.0% 4.8% 5.2% 18,626
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.1% 18,204
July
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.9% 17,315
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

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.