Employment Trends

As of 2018Q1, total employment for El Paso County, Texas was 325,494 (based on a four-quarter moving average). Over the year ending 2018Q1, employment increased 0.5% in the region.

Employment data are derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and imputed where necessary. Data are updated through 2017Q3 with preliminary estimates updated to 2018Q1.





Unemployment Rate

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for El Paso County, Texas was 4.3% as of June 2018. The regional unemployment rate was higher than the national rate of 3.9%. One year earlier, in June 2017, the unemployment rate in El Paso County, Texas was 4.6%.



Unemployment rate data are from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and updated through June 2018.





Wage Trends

The average worker in El Paso County, Texas earned annual wages of $37,600 as of 2018Q1. Average annual wages per worker increased 1.0% in the region during the preceding four quarters. For comparison purposes, annual average wages were $53,893 in the nation as of 2018Q1.


Annual average wages per worker data are derived from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and imputed where necessary. Data are updated through 2017Q3 with preliminary estimates updated to 2018Q1.





Cost of Living Index

The Cost of Living Index estimates the relative price levels for consumer goods and services. When applied to wages and salaries, the result is a measure of relative purchasing power.  The cost of living is 11.5% lower in El Paso County, Texas than the U.S. average.