Southwest Economic Region Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2019

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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.

                         
2019
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,916 21,005 20,745 19,264
Employment 16,823 18,763 18,612 17,274
Unemployment 2,093 2,242 2,133 1,990
Unemployment Rate 11.1% 10.7% 10.3% 10.3%
                         
2018
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,879 21,098 20,498 18,962 17,010 19,882 21,959 20,696 19,213 18,652 17,477 16,690 19,251
Employment 16,831 19,003 18,474 17,050 15,019 17,640 19,930 18,746 17,393 16,898 15,653 14,852 17,290
Unemployment 2,048 2,095 2,024 1,912 1,991 2,242 2,029 1,950 1,820 1,754 1,824 1,838 1,961
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 9.9% 9.9% 10.1% 11.7% 11.3% 9.2% 9.4% 9.5% 9.4% 10.4% 11.0% 10.2%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,110 21,391 21,261 19,608 17,598 20,510 21,983 21,037 19,478 18,745 17,415 16,823 19,584
Employment 17,023 19,292 19,201 17,550 15,479 18,214 19,903 19,024 17,615 16,879 15,540 14,904 17,555
Unemployment 2,087 2,099 2,060 2,058 2,119 2,296 2,080 2,013 1,863 1,866 1,875 1,919 2,029
Unemployment Rate 10.9% 9.8% 9.7% 10.5% 12.0% 11.2% 9.5% 9.6% 9.6% 10.0% 10.8% 11.4% 10.4%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,598 21,015 20,844 19,906 17,248 20,599 22,487 21,358 19,922 18,907 17,494 16,788 19,681
Employment 17,361 18,685 18,556 17,642 14,962 18,174 20,374 19,338 18,048 16,972 15,586 14,874 17,547
Unemployment 2,237 2,330 2,288 2,264 2,286 2,425 2,113 2,020 1,874 1,935 1,908 1,914 2,134
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 11.1% 11.0% 11.4% 13.3% 11.8% 9.4% 9.5% 9.4% 10.2% 10.9% 11.4% 10.8%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,361 21,409 21,201 20,362 18,030 20,888 21,966 20,753 19,566 18,882 17,519 16,515 19,790
Employment 17,975 18,941 18,768 17,984 15,588 18,465 19,694 18,680 17,516 16,795 15,497 14,427 17,528
Unemployment 2,386 2,468 2,433 2,378 2,442 2,423 2,272 2,073 2,050 2,087 2,022 2,088 2,262
Unemployment Rate 11.7% 11.5% 11.5% 11.7% 13.5% 11.6% 10.3% 10.0% 10.5% 11.1% 11.5% 12.6% 11.4%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,871 21,907 21,691 21,243 18,548 20,806 22,205 20,749 19,759 18,808 17,916 16,632 20,093
Employment 18,068 19,076 18,924 18,597 15,835 18,101 19,724 18,452 17,374 16,557 15,742 14,431 17,573
Unemployment 2,803 2,831 2,767 2,646 2,713 2,705 2,481 2,297 2,385 2,251 2,174 2,201 2,520
Unemployment Rate 13.4% 12.9% 12.8% 12.5% 14.6% 13.0% 11.2% 11.1% 12.1% 12.0% 12.1% 13.2% 12.5%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,093 21,397 21,334 20,398 18,509 20,218 21,905 20,554 19,957 19,575 18,456 17,100 19,958
Employment 17,344 18,631 18,674 17,753 15,593 17,359 19,433 18,201 17,415 16,980 15,864 14,476 17,310
Unemployment 2,749 2,766 2,660 2,645 2,916 2,859 2,472 2,353 2,542 2,595 2,592 2,624 2,648
Unemployment Rate 13.7% 12.9% 12.5% 13.0% 15.8% 14.1% 11.3% 11.4% 12.7% 13.3% 14.0% 15.3% 13.3%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,913 21,427 21,284 19,668 18,380 20,114 21,236 20,293 19,256 19,202 18,032 16,804 19,635
Employment 17,284 18,838 18,776 17,111 15,706 17,502 18,920 18,027 16,891 16,713 15,554 14,107 17,119
Unemployment 2,629 2,589 2,508 2,557 2,674 2,612 2,316 2,266 2,365 2,489 2,478 2,697 2,516
Unemployment Rate 13.2% 12.1% 11.8% 13.0% 14.5% 13.0% 10.9% 11.2% 12.3% 13.0% 13.7% 16.0% 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 19,307 20,420 20,384 18,698 17,108 19,659 21,165 20,024 19,143 18,264 17,510 16,337 19,003
Employment 17,040 18,032 18,042 16,400 14,755 17,197 18,982 17,974 17,059 16,226 15,414 13,896 16,752
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 11.7% 11.7% 11.5% 12.3% 13.8% 12.5% 10.3% 10.2% 10.9% 11.2% 12.0% 14.9% 11.8%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 17,768 18,616 18,547 17,628 17,011 19,466 21,752 19,363 18,126 17,274 16,474 15,743 18,150
Employment 15,597 16,318 16,322 15,188 14,480 16,981 19,576 17,293 16,013 15,234 14,431 13,553 15,917
Unemployment 2,171 2,298 2,225 2,440 2,531 2,485 2,176 2,070 2,113 2,040 2,043 2,190 2,233
Unemployment Rate 12.2% 12.3% 12.0% 13.8% 14.9% 12.8% 10.0% 10.7% 11.7% 11.8% 12.4% 13.9% 12.3%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,288 18,866 18,720 16,924 16,942 18,841 20,579 18,936 18,384 17,211 16,425 15,537 17,970
Employment 16,032 16,629 16,519 14,658 14,604 16,550 18,516 16,932 16,518 15,389 14,602 13,514 15,872
Unemployment 2,256 2,237 2,201 2,266 2,338 2,291 2,063 2,004 1,866 1,822 1,823 2,023 2,098
Unemployment Rate 12.3% 11.9% 11.8% 13.4% 13.8% 12.2% 10.0% 10.6% 10.2% 10.6% 11.1% 13.0% 11.7%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,215 18,445 18,367 17,025 16,742 18,759 20,149 18,904 18,674 17,823 16,767 16,007 17,989
Employment 16,127 16,431 16,372 15,038 14,560 16,585 18,213 17,102 16,925 15,996 14,900 13,959 16,017
Unemployment 2,088 2,014 1,995 1,987 2,182 2,174 1,936 1,802 1,749 1,827 1,867 2,048 1,972
Unemployment Rate 11.5% 10.9% 10.9% 11.7% 13.0% 11.6% 9.6% 9.5% 9.4% 10.3% 11.1% 12.8% 11.0%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,130 18,856 18,864 17,416 16,809 19,474 20,644 18,876 18,160 17,541 16,574 15,569 18,079
Employment 15,885 16,643 16,695 15,184 14,460 17,217 18,672 17,079 16,412 15,725 14,721 13,625 16,027
Unemployment 2,245 2,213 2,169 2,232 2,349 2,257 1,972 1,797 1,748 1,816 1,853 1,944 2,052
Unemployment Rate 12.4% 11.7% 11.5% 12.8% 14.0% 11.6% 9.6% 9.5% 9.6% 10.4% 11.2% 12.5% 11.4%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,624 19,114 18,757 16,881 17,010 18,410 19,985 18,469 18,253 17,510 16,602 15,468 17,924
Employment 16,350 16,917 16,624 14,757 14,781 16,110 17,986 16,644 16,374 15,567 14,635 13,457 15,850
Unemployment 2,274 2,197 2,133 2,124 2,229 2,300 1,999 1,825 1,879 1,943 1,967 2,011 2,074
Unemployment Rate 12.2% 11.5% 11.4% 12.6% 13.1% 12.5% 10.0% 9.9% 10.3% 11.1% 11.8% 13.0% 11.6%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,100 18,586 18,136 16,804 16,582 18,267 20,108 18,277 18,234 17,471 16,146 15,580 17,690
Employment 16,014 16,503 16,038 14,673 14,399 15,889 18,053 16,343 16,286 15,529 14,194 13,542 15,622
Unemployment 2,086 2,083 2,098 2,131 2,183 2,378 2,055 1,934 1,948 1,942 1,952 2,038 2,068
Unemployment Rate 11.5% 11.2% 11.6% 12.7% 13.2% 13.0% 10.2% 10.6% 10.7% 11.1% 12.1% 13.1% 11.7%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 16,544 18,470 18,293 16,218 16,421 17,840 19,693 18,731 18,217 17,534 16,253 15,682 17,492
Employment 14,574 16,452 16,279 14,172 14,262 15,620 17,675 16,839 16,374 15,657 14,347 13,804 15,505
Unemployment 1,970 2,018 2,014 2,046 2,159 2,220 2,018 1,892 1,843 1,877 1,906 1,878 1,987
Unemployment Rate 11.9% 10.9% 11.0% 12.6% 13.1% 12.4% 10.2% 10.1% 10.1% 10.7% 11.7% 12.0% 11.4%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,904 17,904 17,724 16,538 15,978 16,483 18,510 17,867 17,338 16,577 15,269 15,204 16,775
Employment 14,251 16,263 15,993 14,790 14,090 14,526 16,663 16,162 15,608 14,895 13,601 13,492 15,028
Unemployment 1,653 1,641 1,731 1,748 1,888 1,957 1,847 1,705 1,730 1,682 1,668 1,712 1,747
Unemployment Rate 10.4% 9.2% 9.8% 10.6% 11.8% 11.9% 10.0% 9.5% 10.0% 10.1% 10.9% 11.3% 10.4%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,101 17,179 16,791 15,811 15,527 15,954 18,124 17,116 16,820 16,106 14,794 14,332 16,140
Employment 13,501 15,654 15,276 14,247 13,853 14,082 16,582 15,703 15,442 14,794 13,417 12,954 14,626
Unemployment 1,600 1,525 1,515 1,564 1,674 1,872 1,542 1,413 1,378 1,312 1,377 1,378 1,514
Unemployment Rate 10.6% 8.9% 9.0% 9.9% 10.8% 11.7% 8.5% 8.3% 8.2% 8.1% 9.3% 9.6% 9.4%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 16,266 16,954 16,859 15,660 15,778 16,814 18,225 17,424 16,797 15,525 14,447 14,093 16,237
Employment 14,779 15,519 15,425 14,253 14,220 15,160 16,788 16,100 15,522 14,315 13,183 12,737 14,834
Unemployment 1,487 1,435 1,434 1,407 1,558 1,654 1,437 1,324 1,275 1,210 1,264 1,356 1,403
Unemployment Rate 9.1% 8.5% 8.5% 9.0% 9.9% 9.8% 7.9% 7.6% 7.6% 7.8% 8.7% 9.6% 8.6%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,116 16,961 16,612 14,639 14,365 14,544 16,333 15,912 15,025 14,686 13,501 12,845 15,045
Employment 13,734 15,626 15,295 13,303 12,886 12,957 14,958 14,677 13,935 13,639 12,417 11,641 13,756
Unemployment 1,382 1,335 1,317 1,336 1,479 1,587 1,375 1,235 1,090 1,047 1,084 1,204 1,289
Unemployment Rate 9.1% 7.9% 7.9% 9.1% 10.3% 10.9% 8.4% 7.8% 7.3% 7.1% 8.0% 9.4% 8.6%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,698 16,782 16,400 15,087 14,562 15,028 16,164 14,535 14,377 13,974 13,195 12,784 14,802
Employment 13,514 15,597 15,220 13,916 13,257 13,455 14,840 13,311 13,235 12,962 12,137 11,524 13,582
Unemployment 1,184 1,185 1,180 1,171 1,305 1,573 1,324 1,224 1,142 1,012 1,058 1,260 1,220
Unemployment Rate 8.1% 7.1% 7.2% 7.8% 9.0% 10.5% 8.2% 8.4% 7.9% 7.2% 8.0% 9.9% 8.2%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,084 15,578 16,032 15,226 14,955 15,065 16,247 13,995 14,043 13,668 12,656 12,034 14,466
Employment 13,025 14,595 14,941 14,046 13,838 13,809 15,024 12,847 13,044 12,733 11,808 10,949 13,389
Unemployment 1,059 983 1,091 1,180 1,117 1,256 1,223 1,148 999 935 848 1,085 1,077
Unemployment Rate 7.5% 6.3% 6.8% 7.7% 7.5% 8.3% 7.5% 8.2% 7.1% 6.8% 6.7% 9.0% 7.4%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,783 16,117 15,949 15,427 15,598 15,359 16,471 14,661 14,033 13,587 12,729 12,590 14,693
Employment 12,530 14,991 14,700 14,110 14,331 14,003 15,229 13,639 13,101 12,737 11,950 11,343 13,556
Unemployment 1,253 1,126 1,249 1,317 1,267 1,356 1,242 1,022 932 850 779 1,247 1,137
Unemployment Rate 9.1% 7.0% 7.8% 8.5% 8.1% 8.8% 7.5% 7.0% 6.6% 6.3% 6.1% 9.9% 7.7%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,503 15,928 15,529 13,935 14,136 15,053 16,780 15,300 14,348 13,786 12,883 12,548 14,478
Employment 12,526 14,900 14,518 13,062 13,101 13,911 15,718 14,297 13,446 12,824 11,954 11,605 13,489
Unemployment 977 1,028 1,011 873 1,035 1,142 1,062 1,003 902 962 929 943 989
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 6.5% 6.5% 6.3% 7.3% 7.6% 6.3% 6.6% 6.3% 7.0% 7.2% 7.5% 6.8%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,880 16,091 15,666 13,838 13,683 14,344 16,244 15,108 14,464 13,528 12,764 12,290 14,327
Employment 13,123 15,209 14,700 12,906 12,643 13,380 15,369 14,142 13,662 12,703 11,993 11,529 13,448
Unemployment 757 882 966 932 1,040 964 875 966 802 825 771 761 879
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.5% 6.2% 6.7% 7.6% 6.7% 5.4% 6.4% 5.5% 6.1% 6.0% 6.2% 6.1%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,282 17,058 17,107 15,462 14,537 14,684 16,485 14,771 14,181 13,581 13,449 13,137 14,979
Employment 14,569 16,232 16,202 14,522 13,602 13,739 15,735 13,999 13,505 12,853 12,674 12,443 14,173
Unemployment 713 826 905 940 935 945 750 772 676 728 775 694 806
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 4.8% 5.3% 6.1% 6.4% 6.4% 4.5% 5.2% 4.8% 5.4% 5.8% 5.3% 5.4%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,571 16,602 16,768 16,482 15,758 15,878 16,582 15,114 14,147 13,175 13,128 13,126 15,111
Employment 13,720 15,618 15,733 15,493 14,749 14,745 15,672 14,270 13,278 12,368 12,375 12,378 14,200
Unemployment 851 984 1,035 989 1,009 1,133 910 844 869 807 753 748 911
Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.9% 6.2% 6.0% 6.4% 7.1% 5.5% 5.6% 6.1% 6.1% 5.7% 5.7% 6.0%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,105 13,654 13,816 14,396 14,622 14,712 15,876 14,039 12,948 12,340 12,823 12,956 13,775
Employment 12,390 12,914 12,976 13,483 13,750 13,830 15,121 13,245 12,192 11,554 12,059 12,171 12,974
Unemployment 715 740 840 913 872 882 755 794 756 786 764 785 801
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.4% 6.1% 6.3% 6.0% 6.0% 4.8% 5.7% 5.8% 6.4% 6.0% 6.1% 5.8%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,526 12,244 12,413 12,539 12,999 13,033 14,116 12,585 11,712 11,583 11,790 11,986 12,377
Employment 10,919 11,699 11,747 11,830 12,294 12,364 13,557 12,016 11,170 10,992 11,225 11,413 11,769
Unemployment 607 545 666 709 705 669 559 569 542 591 565 573 608
Unemployment Rate 5.3% 4.5% 5.4% 5.7% 5.4% 5.1% 4.0% 4.5% 4.6% 5.1% 4.8% 4.8% 4.9%

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.