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City Unemployment Rate Lower than US/Texas Average, County Numbers slightly Higher

According to numbers released this week by Workforce Solutions, unemployment in the Borderland dropped by a fraction, when compared with the US and the rest of Texas.

The unemployment rate for the city of El Paso sat at 5.0% – lower than the unemployment rate for the state of Texas (5.1%); and lower than the National unemployment rate (5.1%). Additionally, the unemployment rate for the city of El Paso decreased by 0.1% since last year.

However, the unemployment rate for El Paso County in July 2016 was 5.4%, which was higher than the unemployment rate for the state of Texas (5.1%), and higher than United States (5.1%)

During the same period, the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) unemployment rate was 0.4 points higher than the unemployment rate for the city of El Paso; while unemployment rate for the city of El Paso showed a 0.3% increase from June to July.

Labor Force for the Borderplex area (Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Presidio and El Paso counties) in July 2016 was 361,418, unnamed (19)which indicates an increase of 1,328 from the previous month.

Over the year, Labor Force increased by 8,492.

The number of employed in the Borderplex area for the month of July 2016 was 341,635, which reflects an increase of 380 from the previous month.

Over the year, the number of employed increased by 8,641.

Meanwhile, the number of unemployed in the Borderplex area for the month of July 2016 was 19,783, which indicates an increase of 948 unemployed workers from the previous month. Over the year, the number of unemployed persons decreased by 149.

The three Super Sectors with the greatest employment for the El Paso MSA in July 2016 were (1) Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; (2) Government; and (3) Educational and Health Services. These three Super Sectors represented 58% of the total nonfarm employment.

The three Super Sectors with the least employment for the El Paso MSA in July 2016 were (1) Financial Activities; (2) Other Services and (3) Information. These three Super Sectors represented 9% of the total nonfarm employment.

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