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Las Cruces, New Mexico Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Las Cruces fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the New Mexico rate. The unemployment rate in Las Cruces peaked in August 2010 at 7.9% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Las Cruces unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
New Mexico 4.6% 0.0 -1.4
Las Cruces 5.6% 0.0 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 August 2010 at 7,438. There are now 2,171 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,767 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 500. Las Cruces employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Las Cruces, New Mexico) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Las Cruces 5,267 +57 -982

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
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 4.6% 5.6% 5,267
September
2018
3.7% 4.6% 5.6% 5,210
August
2018
3.9% 4.6% 5.5% 5,045
July
2018
3.9% 4.7% 5.3% 4,955
June
2018
4.0% 4.9% 5.2% 4,826
May
2018
3.8% 5.1% 5.1% 4,767
April
2018
3.9% 5.4% 5.8% 5,370
March
2018
4.1% 5.6% 6.2% 5,827
February
2018
4.1% 5.8% 6.5% 6,048
January
2018
4.1% 5.9% 6.5% 6,110
December
2017
4.1% 6.0% 6.8% 6,336

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.