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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.4 percentage points in December 2014 to 6.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in July 2011 at 10.7% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Texas 4.6% -0.3 -1.4
El Paso 6.4% -0.4 -2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 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 July 2011 at 34,858. There are now 14,170 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 December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 20,688 -1,407 -6,422

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
January
2015
5.7%
December
2014
5.6% 4.6% 6.4% 20,688
November
2014
5.8% 4.9% 6.8% 22,095
October
2014
5.7% 5.1% 7.1% 22,922
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
6.2% 5.2% 7.3% 23,625
March
2014
6.6% 5.5% 7.6% 24,629
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 7.9% 25,527

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.