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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 July 2019 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points higher than the New Mexico rate. The unemployment rate in Las Cruces peaked in June 2010 at 7.9% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in June 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Las Cruces unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
New Mexico 4.9% 0.0 +0.1
Las Cruces 5.7% +0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 2010 at 7,409. There are now 1,834 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,218 in June 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 357. Las Cruces employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Cruces 5,575 +51 +340

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
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 4.9%
July
2019
3.7% 4.9% 5.7% 5,575
June
2019
3.7% 4.9% 5.6% 5,524
May
2019
3.6% 5.0% 5.7% 5,555
April
2019
3.6% 5.0% 5.8% 5,649
March
2019
3.8% 5.1% 5.8% 5,736
February
2019
3.8% 5.1% 5.9% 5,792
January
2019
4.0% 5.1% 5.8% 5,694
December
2018
3.9% 5.0% 5.7% 5,553
November
2018
3.7% 5.0% 5.7% 5,562
October
2018
3.8% 5.0% 5.7% 5,534

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.