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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2014 to 7.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in July 2011 at 10.7% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in June 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Texas 5.1% -0.1 -1.1
El Paso 7.1% -0.1 -1.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2014 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 34,858. There are now 11,930 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 22,819 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 109. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 22,928 -396 -4,917

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
November
2014
5.8% 4.9%
October
2014
5.8% 5.1% 7.1% 22,928
September
2014
5.9% 5.2% 7.2% 23,324
August
2014
6.1% 5.3% 7.2% 23,435
July
2014
6.2% 5.1% 7.1% 22,998
June
2014
6.1% 5.1% 7.1% 22,819
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 7.2% 23,249
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

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.