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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 4.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in September 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 3.7% -0.1 -0.2
El Paso 4.1% -0.1 -0.1
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: 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 May 2011 at 33,489. There are now 18,778 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 October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 14,711 -375 -340

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.1% 14,711
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.2% 15,086
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.2% 14,994
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.2% 15,122
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.3% 15,565
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.3% 15,657
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.5% 16,246
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.5% 16,367
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.4% 15,956
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.4% 15,494
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 4.3% 15,148

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.