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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso rose 2.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 9.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.5 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in April 2020 at 15.5% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 7.1% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.5 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Texas 8.1% +1.2 +4.6
El Paso 9.6% +2.2 +5.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 16,457 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 26,429 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,982. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 35,411 +8,802 +21,480

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 9.6% 35,411
October
2020
6.9% 6.9% 7.4% 26,609
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 8.6% 31,528
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 7.1% 26,429
July
2020
10.2% 8.0% 8.4% 30,279
June
2020
11.1% 8.4% 9.1% 32,714
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 14.8% 51,861
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 13,944

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.