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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 2014 to 7.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in July 2011 at 10.7% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Texas 5.1% -0.1 -1.3
El Paso 7.2% -0.1 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 data as June 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 11,607 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 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 23,251 -374 -6,143

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 5.1%
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 7.2% 23,251
April
2014
6.3% 5.2% 7.3% 23,625
March
2014
6.7% 5.5% 7.6% 24,629
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 7.9% 25,527
January
2014
6.6% 5.7% 8.0% 25,947
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 8.4% 27,110
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 8.5% 27,454
October
2013
7.2% 6.2% 8.6% 27,845
September
2013
7.2% 6.3% 8.7% 28,260
August
2013
7.2% 6.4% 8.8% 28,670
July
2013
7.3% 6.4% 8.9% 28,999
June
2013
7.5% 6.4% 9.0% 29,225

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.