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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 April 2021 to 7.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the New Mexico rate. The unemployment rate in Las Cruces peaked in July 2020 at 11.8% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.5% in February 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Las Cruces unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
New Mexico 8.2% -0.1 -1.8
Las Cruces 7.7% +0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 July 2020 at 11,588. There are now 4,158 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 7,222 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 208. Las Cruces employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Cruces 7,430 +92 -1,997

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
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 8.2% 7.7% 7,430
March
2021
6.0% 8.3% 7.6% 7,338
February
2021
6.2% 8.3% 7.5% 7,222
January
2021
6.3% 8.7% 8.1% 7,859
December
2020
6.7% 8.6% 8.0% 7,777
November
2020
6.7% 8.5% 8.0% 7,836
October
2020
6.9% 8.5% 8.0% 7,904
September
2020
7.8% 8.6% 8.0% 7,961
August
2020
8.4% 9.3% 8.5% 8,059
July
2020
10.2% 12.5% 11.8% 11,588
June
2020
11.1% 9.8% 9.0% 8,468

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.