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Albuquerque, New Mexico Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Albuquerque fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2018 to 5.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the New Mexico rate. The unemployment rate in Albuquerque peaked in June 2009 at 8.2% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Albuquerque unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
New Mexico 5.8% -0.1 -0.6
Albuquerque 5.0% -0.3 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Albuquerque, New Mexico, National

Albuquerque, New Mexico monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Albuquerque peaked in June 2010 at 35,074. There are now 13,434 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Albuquerque employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Albuquerque, New Mexico) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Albuquerque 21,640 -979 -4,860

Number of Unemployed Persons

Albuquerque, New Mexico Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Mexico
Unemployment Rate
Albuquerque
Unemployment Rate
Albuquerque
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 5.8% 5.0% 21,640
January
2018
4.1% 5.9% 5.3% 22,619
December
2017
4.1% 6.0% 5.5% 23,746
November
2017
4.1% 6.0% 5.6% 24,122
October
2017
4.1% 6.0% 5.7% 24,405
September
2017
4.2% 6.0% 5.8% 24,633
August
2017
4.4% 6.0% 5.8% 24,807
July
2017
4.3% 6.1% 5.8% 24,683
June
2017
4.3% 6.1% 5.6% 23,831
May
2017
4.3% 6.2% 6.0% 25,556
April
2017
4.4% 6.3% 6.1% 26,285

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.