El Paso Feb. 2016 unemployment rate dips to 4.7 percentEl Paso Feb. 2016 unemployment rate dips to 4.7 percenthttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=127102016-04-04T05:00:00Z2016-04-04T19:00:00Z

EL PASO - Strong job growth in the last 12 months helped El Paso County's unemployment rate dip to 4.7 percent in February—below the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.

El Paso's unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in January, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas reported.

The local unemployment rate hasn't been below the national rate since July 2015.

However, El Paso's unemployment rate continues to be well above the Texas rate, which was 4.4 percent in February.

An estimated 16,500 El Paso residents were unemployed and actively searching for work in February, the Texas Workforce Commission​ reported.

El Paso County added an estimated 8,800 jobs from February 2015 to February 2016—an annual increase of 3 percent. That's well above the statewide annual job growth rate of 1.4 percent.

The largest job gains were in health care services, the leisure and hospitality industry and construction.
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​For more data, visit El Paso’s employment profile from Texas Workforce Commission.

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