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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2017 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 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 4.8% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Texas 4.8% -0.2 +0.1
El Paso 5.0% -0.3 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 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 33,606. There are now 15,544 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 16,624 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,438. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 18,062 -841 +1,141

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.0% 18,062
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.3% 18,903
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 5.4% 19,394
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.3% 18,970
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 5.0% 17,837
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 5.1% 18,042
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 5.0% 17,852
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 5.1% 17,941
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.1% 18,021
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.0% 17,754
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.9% 17,297

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.