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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in El Paso peaked in December 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Texas 3.4% 0.0 -0.3
El Paso 3.7% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 July 2011 at 33,466. There are now 20,037 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 August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 13,429 -62 -1,554

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.4%
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 13,429
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 13,491
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.8% 13,673
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.9% 14,025
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 4.0% 14,640
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 4.2% 15,124
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 4.2% 15,260
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.2% 15,118
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.1% 14,887
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.1% 14,870
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.1% 14,851

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.