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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in June 2011 at 9.7% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in June 2015, 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 December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Texas 4.7% +0.1 +0.1
El Paso 5.3% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 June 2011 at 33,755. There are now 15,879 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,749 in June 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,127. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 17,876 -476 -1,933

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.7% 5.3% 17,876
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.4% 18,352
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 5.3% 18,095
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 5.0% 17,157
August
2015
5.1% 4.1% 4.9% 16,776
July
2015
5.3% 4.2% 4.9% 16,805
June
2015
5.3% 4.2% 4.9% 16,749
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 5.2% 17,914
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

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.