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Las Cruces, New Mexico Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Cruces fell 3.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 8.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the New Mexico rate. The unemployment rate in Las Cruces peaked in April 2020 at 11.5% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Las Cruces unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
New Mexico 9.1% -2.8 +4.2
Las Cruces 8.5% -3.0 +2.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 April 2020 at 10,464. There are now 2,801 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Las Cruces employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Cruces 7,663 -2,801 +2,137

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
June
2020
11.1% 8.3%
May
2020
13.3% 9.1% 8.5% 7,663
April
2020
14.7% 11.9% 11.5% 10,464
March
2020
4.4% 6.3% 7.4% 7,331
February
2020
3.5% 4.8% 5.6% 5,510
January
2020
3.6% 4.8% 5.6% 5,522
December
2019
3.5% 4.8% 5.6% 5,563
November
2019
3.5% 4.8% 5.6% 5,532
October
2019
3.6% 4.8% 5.6% 5,496
September
2019
3.5% 4.8% 5.6% 5,463
August
2019
3.7% 4.8% 5.6% 5,437
July
2019
3.7% 4.8% 5.6% 5,433

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.