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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 7.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.9% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Texas 6.5% -0.2 -5.1
El Paso 7.4% -0.3 -5.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 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 51,532. There are now 24,437 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 25,635 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,460. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 27,095 -1,194 -20,428

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 6.5% 7.4% 27,095
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 7.7% 28,289
March
2021
6.0% 6.9% 7.9% 29,132
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 8.1% 29,852
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 8.4% 31,130
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 7.7% 28,526
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 8.2% 30,437
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 7.5% 27,837
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 8.0% 29,505
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 6.9% 25,635
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 9.6% 35,421

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.