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El Paso, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for El Paso rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2018 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 September 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.0% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare El Paso unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Texas 4.0% 0.0 -0.7
El Paso 4.4% +0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 33,606. There are now 17,844 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,338 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,424. El Paso employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in El Paso, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
El Paso 15,762 +244 -3,208

Number of Unemployed Persons

El Paso, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployment Rate
El Paso
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.4% 15,762
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.3% 15,518
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 4.3% 15,479
November
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.1% 14,782
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.0% 14,338
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 4.3% 15,455
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 4.5% 16,119
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 4.3% 15,469
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 4.7% 16,816
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 5.0% 18,059
April
2017
4.4% 4.5% 5.3% 18,903

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.