Southwest Economic Region Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2017

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Note: A change in the way labor force statistics are calculated for sub-state areas makes data prior to 2010 not comparable with later data.

                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,515 21,048 20,983 19,639 17,186 20,561
Employment 17,577 19,024 19,005 17,607 14,973 18,244
Unemployment 1,938 2,024 1,978 2,032 2,213 2,317
Unemployment Rate 9.9% 9.6% 9.4% 10.3% 12.9% 11.3%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,511 20,916 20,737 19,187 16,628 19,997 21,710 20,667 19,152 17,994 16,830 15,899 19,102
Employment 17,324 18,654 18,526 17,013 14,416 17,640 19,662 18,719 17,353 16,163 15,060 14,124 17,054
Unemployment 2,187 2,262 2,211 2,174 2,212 2,357 2,048 1,948 1,799 1,831 1,770 1,775 2,048
Unemployment Rate 11.2% 10.8% 10.7% 11.3% 13.3% 11.8% 9.4% 9.4% 9.4% 10.2% 10.5% 11.2% 10.7%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,333 21,358 21,126 20,281 17,984 20,874 21,925 20,707 19,525 18,832 17,437 16,450 19,737
Employment 17,967 18,922 18,738 17,953 15,576 18,461 19,665 18,641 17,486 16,777 15,469 14,417 17,507
Unemployment 2,366 2,436 2,388 2,328 2,408 2,413 2,260 2,066 2,039 2,055 1,968 2,033 2,230
Unemployment Rate 11.6% 11.4% 11.3% 11.5% 13.4% 11.6% 10.3% 10.0% 10.4% 10.9% 11.3% 12.4% 11.3%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,917 21,938 21,697 21,242 18,551 20,888 22,256 20,810 19,784 18,844 17,893 16,657 20,123
Employment 18,110 19,114 18,959 18,620 15,867 18,140 19,763 18,464 17,380 16,580 15,752 14,448 17,600
Unemployment 2,807 2,824 2,738 2,622 2,684 2,748 2,493 2,346 2,404 2,264 2,141 2,209 2,523
Unemployment Rate 13.4% 12.9% 12.6% 12.3% 14.5% 13.2% 11.2% 11.3% 12.2% 12.0% 12.0% 13.3% 12.5%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,100 21,372 21,282 20,343 18,450 20,225 21,887 20,566 19,943 19,595 18,425 17,130 19,945
Employment 17,365 18,638 18,674 17,744 15,600 17,366 19,446 18,201 17,420 16,999 15,872 14,492 17,319
Unemployment 2,735 2,734 2,608 2,599 2,850 2,859 2,441 2,365 2,523 2,596 2,553 2,638 2,626
Unemployment Rate 13.6% 12.8% 12.3% 12.8% 15.4% 14.1% 11.2% 11.5% 12.7% 13.2% 13.9% 15.4% 13.2%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,933 21,449 21,298 19,677 18,368 20,142 21,233 20,310 19,248 19,216 18,023 16,826 19,644
Employment 17,292 18,853 18,791 17,117 15,714 17,508 18,924 18,030 16,892 16,723 15,559 14,109 17,127
Unemployment 2,641 2,596 2,507 2,560 2,654 2,634 2,309 2,280 2,356 2,493 2,464 2,717 2,517
Unemployment Rate 13.2% 12.1% 11.8% 13.0% 14.4% 13.1% 10.9% 11.2% 12.2% 13.0% 13.7% 16.1% 12.8%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,912 21,391 21,271 19,316 17,734 20,177 21,884 20,603 20,071 19,042 17,930 16,820 19,680
Employment 17,339 18,813 18,835 16,875 15,208 17,658 19,619 18,437 17,844 16,865 15,513 14,175 17,266
Unemployment 2,573 2,578 2,436 2,441 2,526 2,519 2,265 2,166 2,227 2,177 2,417 2,645 2,414
Unemployment Rate 12.9% 12.1% 11.5% 12.6% 14.2% 12.5% 10.4% 10.5% 11.1% 11.4% 13.5% 15.7% 12.3%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,826 22,111 22,068 20,043 17,962 20,909 22,613 21,415 20,346 19,441 18,541 17,102 20,282
Employment 18,559 19,723 19,726 17,745 15,609 18,447 20,430 19,365 18,262 17,403 16,445 14,661 18,031
Unemployment 2,267 2,388 2,342 2,298 2,353 2,462 2,183 2,050 2,084 2,038 2,096 2,441 2,251
Unemployment Rate 10.9% 10.8% 10.6% 11.5% 13.1% 11.8% 9.7% 9.6% 10.2% 10.5% 11.3% 14.3% 11.1%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 17,730 18,560 18,452 17,532 16,885 19,410 21,636 19,290 18,112 17,231 16,399 15,725 18,080
Employment 15,562 16,289 16,249 15,175 14,440 16,897 19,457 17,201 15,982 15,188 14,423 13,484 15,862
Unemployment 2,168 2,271 2,203 2,357 2,445 2,513 2,179 2,089 2,130 2,043 1,976 2,241 2,218
Unemployment Rate 12.2% 12.2% 11.9% 13.4% 14.5% 12.9% 10.1% 10.8% 11.8% 11.9% 12.0% 14.3% 12.3%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,348 18,798 18,701 16,827 16,806 18,748 20,470 18,865 18,347 17,177 16,376 15,534 17,916
Employment 16,151 16,704 16,583 14,743 14,603 16,544 18,480 16,880 16,543 15,467 14,655 13,524 15,906
Unemployment 2,197 2,094 2,118 2,084 2,203 2,204 1,990 1,985 1,804 1,710 1,721 2,010 2,010
Unemployment Rate 12.0% 11.1% 11.3% 12.4% 13.1% 11.8% 9.7% 10.5% 9.8% 10.0% 10.5% 12.9% 11.2%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,292 18,455 18,348 16,994 16,584 18,685 20,079 18,845 18,747 17,823 16,812 16,125 17,985
Employment 16,229 16,509 16,458 15,092 14,589 16,618 18,226 17,073 17,029 16,097 15,043 14,065 16,087
Unemployment 2,063 1,946 1,890 1,902 1,995 2,067 1,853 1,772 1,718 1,726 1,769 2,060 1,898
Unemployment Rate 11.3% 10.5% 10.3% 11.2% 12.0% 11.1% 9.2% 9.4% 9.2% 9.7% 10.5% 12.8% 10.6%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,099 18,903 18,791 17,366 16,630 19,240 20,485 18,812 18,121 17,501 16,563 15,642 18,015
Employment 15,903 16,643 16,650 15,141 14,378 17,050 18,531 17,009 16,381 15,805 14,793 13,733 16,003
Unemployment 2,196 2,260 2,141 2,225 2,252 2,190 1,954 1,803 1,740 1,696 1,770 1,909 2,012
Unemployment Rate 12.1% 12.0% 11.4% 12.8% 13.5% 11.4% 9.5% 9.6% 9.6% 9.7% 10.7% 12.2% 11.2%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,648 19,169 18,693 16,868 16,876 18,303 19,846 18,404 18,324 17,530 16,665 15,552 17,909
Employment 16,386 16,917 16,594 14,737 14,747 16,055 17,890 16,581 16,375 15,617 14,659 13,497 15,839
Unemployment 2,262 2,252 2,099 2,131 2,129 2,248 1,956 1,823 1,949 1,913 2,006 2,055 2,070
Unemployment Rate 12.1% 11.7% 11.2% 12.6% 12.6% 12.3% 9.9% 9.9% 10.6% 10.9% 12.0% 13.2% 11.6%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,382 18,880 18,389 17,026 16,701 18,424 20,211 18,436 18,338 17,505 16,213 15,688 17,850
Employment 16,288 16,802 16,274 14,869 14,573 16,024 18,156 16,458 16,390 15,624 14,295 13,609 15,781
Unemployment 2,094 2,078 2,115 2,157 2,128 2,400 2,055 1,978 1,948 1,881 1,918 2,079 2,069
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 11.0% 11.5% 12.7% 12.7% 13.0% 10.2% 10.7% 10.6% 10.7% 11.8% 13.3% 11.6%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 16,777 18,736 18,496 16,476 16,567 18,143 19,879 19,016 18,500 17,743 16,520 15,947 17,734
Employment 14,806 16,714 16,523 14,432 14,464 15,827 17,884 17,068 16,654 15,971 14,665 14,093 15,760
Unemployment 1,971 2,022 1,973 2,044 2,103 2,316 1,995 1,948 1,846 1,772 1,855 1,854 1,974
Unemployment Rate 11.7% 10.8% 10.7% 12.4% 12.7% 12.8% 10.0% 10.2% 10.0% 10.0% 11.2% 11.6% 11.1%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 16,010 18,008 17,809 16,659 15,990 16,552 18,541 18,005 17,492 16,632 15,290 15,332 16,860
Employment 14,377 16,422 16,120 14,931 14,233 14,632 16,749 16,268 15,800 15,044 13,685 13,586 15,153
Unemployment 1,633 1,586 1,689 1,728 1,757 1,920 1,792 1,737 1,692 1,588 1,605 1,746 1,707
Unemployment Rate 10.2% 8.8% 9.5% 10.4% 11.0% 11.6% 9.7% 9.6% 9.7% 9.5% 10.5% 11.4% 10.1%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,214 17,238 16,829 15,832 15,369 15,879 17,989 17,063 16,780 16,088 14,748 14,395 16,120
Employment 13,622 15,753 15,345 14,309 13,874 14,095 16,556 15,623 15,483 14,856 13,478 13,059 14,672
Unemployment 1,592 1,485 1,484 1,523 1,495 1,784 1,433 1,440 1,297 1,232 1,270 1,336 1,448
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 8.6% 8.8% 9.6% 9.7% 11.2% 8.0% 8.4% 7.7% 7.7% 8.6% 9.3% 9.0%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 16,285 17,013 16,901 15,693 15,677 16,720 18,044 17,373 16,713 15,479 14,385 14,090 16,198
Employment 14,846 15,609 15,482 14,328 14,175 15,098 16,676 16,011 15,498 14,355 13,216 12,797 14,841
Unemployment 1,439 1,404 1,419 1,365 1,502 1,622 1,368 1,362 1,215 1,124 1,169 1,293 1,357
Unemployment Rate 8.8% 8.3% 8.4% 8.7% 9.6% 9.7% 7.6% 7.8% 7.3% 7.3% 8.1% 9.2% 8.4%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,107 16,965 16,549 14,544 14,211 14,453 16,199 15,794 14,881 14,621 13,411 12,797 14,961
Employment 13,772 15,675 15,303 13,302 12,879 12,933 14,893 14,588 13,852 13,619 12,410 11,663 13,741
Unemployment 1,335 1,290 1,246 1,242 1,332 1,520 1,306 1,206 1,029 1,002 1,001 1,134 1,220
Unemployment Rate 8.8% 7.6% 7.5% 8.5% 9.4% 10.5% 8.1% 7.6% 6.9% 6.9% 7.5% 8.9% 8.2%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,559 16,590 16,229 14,875 14,355 14,851 15,971 14,404 14,267 13,926 13,104 12,731 14,656
Employment 13,431 15,473 15,071 13,810 13,140 13,328 14,698 13,203 13,166 12,933 12,111 11,532 13,491
Unemployment 1,128 1,117 1,158 1,065 1,215 1,523 1,273 1,201 1,101 993 993 1,199 1,165
Unemployment Rate 7.7% 6.7% 7.1% 7.2% 8.5% 10.3% 8.0% 8.3% 7.7% 7.1% 7.6% 9.4% 7.9%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,090 15,549 16,040 15,145 14,846 14,938 16,126 13,936 13,988 13,625 12,614 11,956 14,404
Employment 13,018 14,560 14,920 13,987 13,762 13,704 14,930 12,783 13,011 12,726 11,826 10,934 13,346
Unemployment 1,072 989 1,120 1,158 1,084 1,234 1,196 1,153 977 899 788 1,022 1,058
Unemployment Rate 7.6% 6.4% 7.0% 7.6% 7.3% 8.3% 7.4% 8.3% 7.0% 6.6% 6.2% 8.5% 7.3%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,766 16,096 15,903 15,335 15,509 15,222 16,377 14,536 13,952 13,581 12,726 12,587 14,633
Employment 12,506 14,984 14,662 14,061 14,248 13,925 15,146 13,555 13,072 12,760 11,957 11,368 13,520
Unemployment 1,260 1,112 1,241 1,274 1,261 1,297 1,231 981 880 821 769 1,219 1,113
Unemployment Rate 9.2% 6.9% 7.8% 8.3% 8.1% 8.5% 7.5% 6.7% 6.3% 6.0% 6.0% 9.7% 7.6%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,513 15,922 15,523 13,962 14,100 14,940 16,745 15,233 14,306 13,811 12,893 12,522 14,455
Employment 12,564 14,939 14,553 13,101 13,084 13,843 15,701 14,254 13,437 12,875 12,000 11,622 13,497
Unemployment 949 983 970 861 1,016 1,097 1,044 979 869 936 893 900 958
Unemployment Rate 7.0% 6.2% 6.2% 6.2% 7.2% 7.3% 6.2% 6.4% 6.1% 6.8% 6.9% 7.2% 6.6%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,842 15,999 15,519 13,752 13,603 14,219 16,110 15,002 14,344 13,521 12,754 12,285 14,244
Employment 13,071 15,110 14,549 12,829 12,592 13,274 15,246 14,035 13,565 12,712 12,020 11,572 13,380
Unemployment 771 889 970 923 1,011 945 864 967 779 809 734 713 864
Unemployment Rate 5.6% 5.6% 6.3% 6.7% 7.4% 6.6% 5.4% 6.4% 5.4% 6.0% 5.8% 5.8% 6.1%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,288 17,043 17,005 15,315 14,461 14,592 16,363 14,673 14,052 13,504 13,368 13,074 14,896
Employment 14,569 16,192 16,098 14,389 13,514 13,643 15,616 13,913 13,411 12,782 12,629 12,414 14,099
Unemployment 719 851 907 926 947 949 747 760 641 722 739 660 797
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 5.0% 5.3% 6.0% 6.5% 6.5% 4.6% 5.2% 4.6% 5.3% 5.5% 5.0% 5.4%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,771 16,743 16,864 16,535 15,825 15,965 16,636 15,158 14,177 13,251 13,213 13,169 15,193
Employment 13,900 15,733 15,817 15,563 14,787 14,800 15,723 14,302 13,317 12,457 12,459 12,426 14,273
Unemployment 871 1,010 1,047 972 1,038 1,165 913 856 860 794 754 743 920
Unemployment Rate 5.9% 6.0% 6.2% 5.9% 6.6% 7.3% 5.5% 5.6% 6.1% 6.0% 5.7% 5.6% 6.1%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,154 13,718 13,873 14,453 14,714 14,837 16,038 14,186 13,159 12,547 13,028 13,174 13,907
Employment 12,470 12,979 13,050 13,594 13,827 13,965 15,293 13,404 12,412 11,757 12,275 12,394 13,119
Unemployment 684 739 823 859 887 872 745 782 747 790 753 780 788
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 5.4% 5.9% 5.9% 6.0% 5.9% 4.6% 5.5% 5.7% 6.3% 5.8% 5.9% 5.7%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,793 12,450 12,548 12,670 13,127 13,075 14,229 12,688 11,667 11,574 11,749 11,971 12,462
Employment 11,182 11,902 11,901 11,954 12,398 12,439 13,681 12,139 11,137 11,012 11,215 11,422 11,865
Unemployment 611 548 647 716 729 636 548 549 530 562 534 549 597
Unemployment Rate 5.2% 4.4% 5.2% 5.7% 5.6% 4.9% 3.9% 4.3% 4.5% 4.9% 4.5% 4.6% 4.8%

A change in the way the labor force statistics are calculated for boroughs and census areas makes data prior to 2000 not comparable with later data.

Definitions:

  • Labor Force: Includes all of the civilian noninstitutional population classified as employed or unemployed. (See the definitions below.)
  • Employed: During the reference week (the week including the 12th day of the month), includes those who (a) worked as paid employees, worked in their own business or profession or on their own farm, or worked 15 hours or more as unpaid workers in an enterprise operated by a member of their family; or (b) were not working but who had jobs from which they were temporarily absent because of vacation, illness, bad weather, child care problems, family leave, labor-management dispute job training, or other family or personal reasons, whether or not they were paid for the time off or were seeking other jobs. Each employed person was counted only once, even if that person held more than one job.
  • Unemployed: Includes all who were not employed during the reference week but were available for work except for temporary illness, and had tried to find employment some time during the four-week period ending with the reference week. Those who were not looking for work but were waiting to be called back to a job from which they had been laid off also qualified as unemployed.
  • Unemployment Rate: The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed as a percent of the labor force.