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Las Cruces, New Mexico Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Cruces rose 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the New Mexico rate. The unemployment rate in Las Cruces peaked in July 2020 at 9.1% and is now 4.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.6% in July 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Las Cruces unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
New Mexico 4.2% -0.2 -2.0
Las Cruces 4.7% +0.1 -1.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Las Cruces, New Mexico, National

Las Cruces, New Mexico monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Las Cruces, New Mexico Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Las Cruces peaked in September 2020 at 8,975. There are now 4,318 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,528 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 129. Las Cruces employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Cruces 4,657 +129 -1,730

Number of Unemployed Persons

Las Cruces, New Mexico Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
New Mexico
Unemployment Rate
Las Cruces
Unemployment Rate
Las Cruces
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.2% 4.7% 4,657
August
2022
3.7% 4.4% 4.6% 4,528
July
2022
3.5% 4.5% 4.6% 4,554
June
2022
3.6% 4.9% 4.7% 4,708
May
2022
3.6% 5.1% 4.9% 4,831
April
2022
3.6% 5.3% 5.1% 5,044
March
2022
3.6% 5.3% 5.3% 5,221
February
2022
3.8% 5.6% 5.6% 5,521
January
2022
4.0% 5.9% 6.0% 5,873
December
2021
3.9% 5.9% 6.2% 6,152
November
2021
4.2% 6.0% 6.2% 6,143

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.