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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.8 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 0.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Texas 13.0% -0.5 +9.6
El Paso 14.8% -0.7 +11.1
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: El Paso, Texas, National

El Paso, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

El Paso, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in El Paso peaked in April 2020 at 51,868. There are now 9 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 51,859 -9 +38,352

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.6%
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 14.8% 51,859
April
2020
14.7% 13.5% 15.5% 51,868
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 5.5% 20,055
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 13,952
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.8% 13,944
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 13,880
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 13,931
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.8% 13,949
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 13,937
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.8% 13,851

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.