• November 25, 2020
 WSB: Region’s unemployment rate shows mixed numbers for September

WSB: Region’s unemployment rate shows mixed numbers for September

Officials with Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) rolled out the Labor Market Review (LMR) for October 2020, which examines how the workforce area performed during September 2020.

This monthly report provides current information and statistics about the Texas and Borderplex economy generally, and the labor force specifically.

WSB officials share that during September 2020, the El Paso Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) unemployment rate was 0.5 points higher than the unemployment rate for the city of El Paso.

The unemployment rate for the city of El Paso in September 2020 was at 8.2%, which signified a 1.3% increase from the previous month. In addition, the unemployment rate for the city of El Paso increased by 4.6% since last year.

According to WSB officials, the unemployment rate for the City of El Paso was lower than the unemployment rate for the state of Texas (8.3%); but higher than the National unemployment rate (7.7%).

However, the unemployment rate for El Paso County in September 2020 was 8.7%, which was higher than the unemployment rate for the state of Texas (8.3%) and higher than the United States (7.7%).

As for the labor force for the Borderplex area (Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Hudspeth, Presidio and El Paso county) in September 2020 was 377,785, which indicates a decrease of 3,828 from the previous month.

Officials say the labor force increased by 1,326, while the number of employed in the Borderplex area for the month of September 2020 was 344,884; a decrease of 8,789 from the previous month.

Over the year, the number of employed decreased by 17,426. The number of unemployed in the Borderplex area for the month of September 2020 was 32,901, which indicates an increase of 4,961 from the previous month.

For the entire year, the number of unemployed increased by 18,752.

The LMR is published by the Labor Market Information Department of the Texas Workforce Commission. Download  the full report here.

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