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El Paso-area unemployment numbers a mixed bag once again

New numbers from Workforce Solutions Borderplex show the El Paso area down in unemployment down year-to-year, but higher than the national numbers.

In August 2015, the unemployment rate for the city of El Paso in August 2015 was at 4.7% which signified a 0.3% decrease from the previous month. The El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) unemployment rate was 0.5 points higher than the unemployment rate for the City of El Paso.

In addition, the unemployment rate for the city of El Paso decreased by 1.6% since last year. The unemployment rate for the city of El Paso was higher than the unemployment rate for the state of Texas (4.4%); however, it was below the National unemployment rate (5.2%).

The unemployment rate for El Paso County in August 2015 was 5.2%, which was higher than the unemployment rate for the state of Texas (4.4%), but same rate as United States (5.2%).

The El Paso (MSA) ranked 22nd out of the 25 Texas MSAs in terms of unemployment rates.

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Total nonfarm employment for the El Paso MSA in August 2015 was 296,000. This reflected an increase of 0.5% since the previous month. The total nonfarm employment for the El Paso MSA increased by 0.9% from a year ago (August 2014).

The state of Texas nonfarm employment for the month of August 2015 indicated a decrease of -0.1% since the previous month and an increase of 1.9% since last year.

The three Super Sectors with the greatest employment for the El Paso MSA in August 2015 were (1) Government; (2) Trade, Transportation, and Utilities; 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 August 2015 were (1) Financial Activities; (2) Other Services and (3) Information. These three Super Sectors represented 9% of the total nonfarm employment.

About Chris Babcock

Editor in Chief: El Paso Herald-Post, horizoncity.com Chris began his long journey in Journalism back in the early 70’s. Armed with a Bell and Howell 8mm camera and tape recorder. Chris would go on to document such events as the great plastic dinosaur attack on Tornillo, GI Joe’s dramatic rescue of Barbie from a backyard mud pit and a massive toy train derailment caused by Godzilla. FULL BIO

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