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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.4%. 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 April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 9.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Texas 4.0% -0.1 -1.1
El Paso 4.4% -0.1 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 48,366. There are now 32,186 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 September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 16,180 -242 -4,038

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.4% 16,180
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 4.5% 16,422
July
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.6% 16,622
June
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.6% 16,948
May
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.7% 17,296
April
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.8% 17,689
March
2022
3.6% 4.4% 5.0% 18,232
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 5.2% 18,951
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 5.2% 19,224
December
2021
3.9% 4.8% 5.4% 19,687
November
2021
4.2% 4.9% 5.3% 19,600

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.