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Southwest Economic Region Not Seasonally Adjusted Labor Force Data
1990 to 2021

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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.

                         
2021
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,366 20,058 19,605 19,252 17,589 20,635
Employment 18,631 18,347 17,832 17,443 15,785 18,638
Unemployment 1,735 1,711 1,773 1,809 1,804 1,997
Unemployment Rate 8.5% 8.5% 9.0% 9.4% 10.3% 9.7%
                         
2020
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,419 20,473 20,021 18,227 17,299 19,227 20,687 18,431 17,800 17,537 16,218 16,025 18,365
Employment 16,865 18,852 18,231 16,269 14,666 16,826 18,550 17,152 16,444 16,280 14,773 14,372 16,607
Unemployment 1,554 1,621 1,790 1,958 2,633 2,401 2,137 1,279 1,356 1,257 1,445 1,653 1,758
Unemployment Rate 8.4% 7.9% 8.9% 10.7% 15.2% 12.5% 10.3% 6.9% 7.6% 7.2% 8.9% 10.3% 9.6%
                         
2019
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,538 20,902 20,115 18,637 16,614 20,195 22,705 21,109 19,572 18,334 16,668 15,980 19,115
Employment 16,626 18,993 18,272 16,971 14,890 18,257 20,951 19,444 18,110 16,948 15,220 14,546 17,436
Unemployment 1,912 1,909 1,843 1,666 1,724 1,938 1,754 1,665 1,462 1,386 1,448 1,434 1,679
Unemployment Rate 10.3% 9.1% 9.2% 8.9% 10.4% 9.6% 7.7% 7.9% 7.5% 7.6% 8.7% 9.0% 8.8%
                         
2018
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,824 21,138 20,495 19,068 17,029 20,081 21,978 20,357 18,953 17,787 16,491 15,908 19,009
Employment 16,917 19,210 18,669 17,355 15,305 18,037 20,189 18,619 17,392 16,245 14,887 14,196 17,251
Unemployment 1,907 1,928 1,826 1,713 1,724 2,044 1,789 1,738 1,561 1,542 1,604 1,712 1,758
Unemployment Rate 10.1% 9.1% 8.9% 9.0% 10.1% 10.2% 8.1% 8.5% 8.2% 8.7% 9.7% 10.8% 9.2%
                         
2017
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,142 21,595 21,322 19,637 17,515 20,432 21,908 20,992 19,443 18,665 17,380 16,776 19,569
Employment 17,129 19,569 19,406 17,738 15,557 18,300 19,942 19,052 17,717 16,980 15,633 14,948 17,665
Unemployment 2,013 2,026 1,916 1,899 1,958 2,132 1,966 1,940 1,726 1,685 1,747 1,828 1,904
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 9.4% 9.0% 9.7% 11.2% 10.4% 9.0% 9.2% 8.9% 9.0% 10.1% 10.9% 9.7%
                         
2016
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,496 20,981 20,861 19,899 17,137 20,515 22,366 21,293 19,976 18,852 17,448 16,781 19,635
Employment 17,393 18,774 18,660 17,719 14,995 18,192 20,319 19,337 18,117 16,992 15,642 14,939 17,592
Unemployment 2,103 2,207 2,201 2,180 2,142 2,323 2,047 1,956 1,859 1,860 1,806 1,842 2,043
Unemployment Rate 10.8% 10.5% 10.6% 11.0% 12.5% 11.3% 9.2% 9.2% 9.3% 9.9% 10.4% 11.0% 10.4%
                         
2015
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,354 21,303 21,155 20,276 18,044 20,733 21,790 20,624 19,417 18,751 17,443 16,497 19,700
Employment 18,032 18,939 18,835 18,007 15,638 18,370 19,595 18,649 17,483 16,742 15,499 14,454 17,521
Unemployment 2,322 2,364 2,320 2,269 2,406 2,363 2,195 1,975 1,934 2,009 1,944 2,043 2,179
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 11.1% 11.0% 11.2% 13.3% 11.4% 10.1% 9.6% 10.0% 10.7% 11.1% 12.4% 11.1%
                         
2014
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,772 21,835 21,749 21,038 18,513 20,692 22,110 20,617 19,690 18,747 17,857 16,509 20,012
Employment 18,022 19,035 18,982 18,558 15,875 18,052 19,621 18,277 17,362 16,574 15,740 14,397 17,542
Unemployment 2,750 2,800 2,767 2,480 2,638 2,640 2,489 2,340 2,328 2,173 2,117 2,112 2,470
Unemployment Rate 13.2% 12.8% 12.7% 11.8% 14.2% 12.8% 11.3% 11.3% 11.8% 11.6% 11.9% 12.8% 12.3%
                         
2013
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 20,097 21,375 21,191 20,254 18,453 20,175 21,743 20,401 19,896 19,485 18,359 16,971 19,867
Employment 17,250 18,636 18,595 17,681 15,559 17,270 19,264 18,038 17,367 16,841 15,795 14,393 17,224
Unemployment 2,847 2,739 2,596 2,573 2,894 2,905 2,479 2,363 2,529 2,644 2,564 2,578 2,643
Unemployment Rate 14.2% 12.8% 12.3% 12.7% 15.7% 14.4% 11.4% 11.6% 12.7% 13.6% 14.0% 15.2% 13.3%
                         
2012
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,767 21,378 21,281 19,593 18,324 20,075 21,121 20,181 19,193 19,190 17,958 16,861 19,577
Employment 17,133 18,782 18,750 17,074 15,632 17,403 18,718 17,871 16,846 16,704 15,462 14,056 17,035
Unemployment 2,634 2,596 2,531 2,519 2,692 2,672 2,403 2,310 2,347 2,486 2,496 2,805 2,542
Unemployment Rate 13.3% 12.1% 11.9% 12.9% 14.7% 13.3% 11.4% 11.4% 12.2% 13.0% 13.9% 16.6% 13.0%
                         
2011
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,845 21,340 21,253 19,211 17,723 20,066 21,687 20,508 20,080 19,027 17,966 16,828 19,631
Employment 17,212 18,746 18,777 16,763 15,153 17,504 19,370 18,299 17,771 16,803 15,502 14,127 17,171
Unemployment 2,633 2,594 2,476 2,448 2,570 2,562 2,317 2,209 2,309 2,224 2,464 2,701 2,460
Unemployment Rate 13.3% 12.2% 11.7% 12.7% 14.5% 12.8% 10.7% 10.8% 11.5% 11.7% 13.7% 16.1% 12.5%
                         
2010
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 19,361 20,474 20,490 18,895 17,109 19,565 21,107 19,996 19,152 18,223 17,520 16,354 19,019
Employment 16,970 17,958 17,997 16,503 14,701 17,098 18,887 17,890 17,023 16,154 15,313 13,794 16,690
Unemployment 2,391 2,516 2,493 2,392 2,408 2,467 2,220 2,106 2,129 2,069 2,207 2,560 2,329
Unemployment Rate 12.3% 12.3% 12.2% 12.7% 14.1% 12.6% 10.5% 10.5% 11.1% 11.4% 12.6% 15.7% 12.2%
                         
2009
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 17,751 18,655 18,575 17,684 17,056 19,496 21,691 19,397 18,158 17,263 16,487 15,712 18,162
Employment 15,532 16,290 16,253 15,210 14,445 16,930 19,460 17,293 15,981 15,144 14,397 13,437 15,866
Unemployment 2,219 2,365 2,322 2,474 2,611 2,566 2,231 2,104 2,177 2,119 2,090 2,275 2,296
Unemployment Rate 12.5% 12.7% 12.5% 14.0% 15.3% 13.2% 10.3% 10.8% 12.0% 12.3% 12.7% 14.5% 12.6%
                         
2008
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,172 18,715 18,680 16,816 16,871 18,716 20,421 18,922 18,309 17,153 16,378 15,581 17,894
Employment 15,997 16,606 16,563 14,702 14,598 16,528 18,424 16,971 16,519 15,400 14,621 13,558 15,873
Unemployment 2,175 2,109 2,117 2,114 2,273 2,188 1,997 1,951 1,790 1,753 1,757 2,023 2,021
Unemployment Rate 12.0% 11.3% 11.3% 12.6% 13.5% 11.7% 9.8% 10.3% 9.8% 10.2% 10.7% 13.0% 11.3%
                         
2007
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,257 18,387 18,395 16,985 16,628 18,645 20,099 18,753 18,686 17,748 16,779 16,051 17,949
Employment 16,164 16,396 16,443 14,991 14,495 16,520 18,184 16,990 16,949 15,997 14,942 13,977 16,003
Unemployment 2,093 1,991 1,952 1,994 2,133 2,125 1,915 1,763 1,737 1,751 1,837 2,074 1,946
Unemployment Rate 11.5% 10.8% 10.6% 11.7% 12.8% 11.4% 9.5% 9.4% 9.3% 9.9% 10.9% 12.9% 10.8%
                         
2006
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 17,988 18,850 18,800 17,335 16,754 19,329 20,548 18,834 18,128 17,490 16,630 15,620 18,026
Employment 15,809 16,630 16,647 15,070 14,412 17,121 18,535 17,043 16,367 15,742 14,763 13,642 15,983
Unemployment 2,179 2,220 2,153 2,265 2,342 2,208 2,013 1,791 1,761 1,748 1,867 1,978 2,043
Unemployment Rate 12.1% 11.8% 11.5% 13.1% 14.0% 11.4% 9.8% 9.5% 9.7% 10.0% 11.2% 12.7% 11.3%
                         
2005
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,549 19,143 18,758 16,906 16,949 18,373 19,868 18,372 18,314 17,523 16,649 15,488 17,907
Employment 16,312 16,922 16,625 14,756 14,734 16,108 17,887 16,588 16,382 15,569 14,574 13,426 15,823
Unemployment 2,237 2,221 2,133 2,150 2,215 2,265 1,981 1,784 1,932 1,954 2,075 2,062 2,084
Unemployment Rate 12.1% 11.6% 11.4% 12.7% 13.1% 12.3% 10.0% 9.7% 10.5% 11.2% 12.5% 13.3% 11.6%
                         
2004
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 18,168 18,625 18,257 16,871 16,612 18,272 20,100 18,229 18,240 17,502 16,225 15,616 17,726
Employment 16,103 16,584 16,109 14,722 14,426 15,891 18,068 16,333 16,319 15,590 14,237 13,537 15,660
Unemployment 2,065 2,041 2,148 2,149 2,186 2,381 2,032 1,896 1,921 1,912 1,988 2,079 2,066
Unemployment Rate 11.4% 11.0% 11.8% 12.7% 13.2% 13.0% 10.1% 10.4% 10.5% 10.9% 12.3% 13.3% 11.7%
                         
2003
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 16,619 18,570 18,286 16,247 16,431 17,894 19,610 18,658 18,286 17,578 16,335 15,741 17,522
Employment 14,691 16,600 16,324 14,230 14,326 15,646 17,650 16,804 16,468 15,758 14,408 13,889 15,567
Unemployment 1,928 1,970 1,962 2,017 2,105 2,248 1,960 1,854 1,818 1,820 1,927 1,852 1,955
Unemployment Rate 11.6% 10.6% 10.7% 12.4% 12.8% 12.6% 10.0% 9.9% 9.9% 10.4% 11.8% 11.8% 11.2%
                         
2002
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,900 18,001 17,828 16,587 15,981 16,505 18,444 17,843 17,419 16,597 15,278 15,201 16,799
Employment 14,233 16,399 16,074 14,817 14,166 14,582 16,672 16,175 15,745 14,994 13,612 13,464 15,078
Unemployment 1,667 1,602 1,754 1,770 1,815 1,923 1,772 1,668 1,674 1,603 1,666 1,737 1,721
Unemployment Rate 10.5% 8.9% 9.8% 10.7% 11.4% 11.7% 9.6% 9.3% 9.6% 9.7% 10.9% 11.4% 10.2%
                         
2001
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,142 17,190 16,879 15,838 15,437 15,859 18,021 17,049 16,787 16,198 14,857 14,385 16,138
Employment 13,569 15,730 15,376 14,297 13,868 14,090 16,573 15,647 15,442 14,878 13,460 12,979 14,660
Unemployment 1,573 1,460 1,503 1,541 1,569 1,769 1,448 1,402 1,345 1,320 1,397 1,406 1,478
Unemployment Rate 10.4% 8.5% 8.9% 9.7% 10.2% 11.2% 8.0% 8.2% 8.0% 8.1% 9.4% 9.8% 9.2%
                         
2000
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 16,259 17,039 16,988 15,688 15,808 16,832 18,118 17,392 16,775 15,529 14,434 14,107 16,248
Employment 14,823 15,646 15,545 14,291 14,228 15,186 16,714 16,042 15,489 14,348 13,170 12,781 14,855
Unemployment 1,436 1,393 1,443 1,397 1,580 1,646 1,404 1,350 1,286 1,181 1,264 1,326 1,393
Unemployment Rate 8.8% 8.2% 8.5% 8.9% 10.0% 9.8% 7.7% 7.8% 7.7% 7.6% 8.8% 9.4% 8.6%
                         
1999
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,114 17,034 16,666 14,661 14,374 14,522 16,326 15,885 15,051 14,691 13,509 12,874 15,060
Employment 13,764 15,706 15,368 13,327 12,899 12,974 14,947 14,653 13,959 13,638 12,425 11,699 13,781
Unemployment 1,350 1,328 1,298 1,334 1,475 1,548 1,379 1,232 1,092 1,053 1,084 1,175 1,279
Unemployment Rate 8.9% 7.8% 7.8% 9.1% 10.3% 10.7% 8.4% 7.8% 7.3% 7.2% 8.0% 9.1% 8.5%
                         
1998
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,681 16,693 16,426 15,020 14,537 15,018 16,055 14,489 14,387 14,007 13,213 12,747 14,774
Employment 13,536 15,541 15,214 13,892 13,249 13,444 14,724 13,266 13,207 12,963 12,144 11,504 13,558
Unemployment 1,145 1,152 1,212 1,128 1,288 1,574 1,331 1,223 1,180 1,044 1,069 1,243 1,216
Unemployment Rate 7.8% 6.9% 7.4% 7.5% 8.9% 10.5% 8.3% 8.4% 8.2% 7.5% 8.1% 9.8% 8.2%
                         
1997
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,000 15,542 16,024 15,167 14,946 14,930 16,205 13,923 14,035 13,598 12,641 12,021 14,420
Employment 12,963 14,595 14,942 14,016 13,880 13,732 15,035 12,822 13,051 12,701 11,823 10,965 13,377
Unemployment 1,037 947 1,082 1,151 1,066 1,198 1,170 1,101 984 897 818 1,056 1,043
Unemployment Rate 7.4% 6.1% 6.8% 7.6% 7.1% 8.0% 7.2% 7.9% 7.0% 6.6% 6.5% 8.8% 7.2%
                         
1996
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,685 16,042 15,939 15,380 15,514 15,264 16,409 14,586 13,958 13,605 12,679 12,534 14,632
Employment 12,427 14,949 14,691 14,081 14,252 13,980 15,191 13,641 13,068 12,797 11,909 11,334 13,526
Unemployment 1,258 1,093 1,248 1,299 1,262 1,284 1,218 945 890 808 770 1,200 1,106
Unemployment Rate 9.2% 6.8% 7.8% 8.4% 8.1% 8.4% 7.4% 6.5% 6.4% 5.9% 6.1% 9.6% 7.6%
                         
1995
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,467 15,750 15,433 13,965 14,078 14,896 16,691 15,253 14,296 13,750 12,874 12,467 14,411
Employment 12,502 14,767 14,441 13,063 13,027 13,762 15,605 14,255 13,373 12,792 11,945 11,543 13,424
Unemployment 965 983 992 902 1,051 1,134 1,086 998 923 958 929 924 987
Unemployment Rate 7.2% 6.2% 6.4% 6.5% 7.5% 7.6% 6.5% 6.5% 6.5% 7.0% 7.2% 7.4% 6.8%
                         
1994
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,814 16,091 15,580 13,752 13,601 14,241 16,099 15,043 14,405 13,464 12,656 12,229 14,248
Employment 13,034 15,194 14,595 12,802 12,572 13,299 15,222 14,070 13,600 12,638 11,894 11,498 13,367
Unemployment 780 897 985 950 1,029 942 877 973 805 826 762 731 881
Unemployment Rate 5.6% 5.6% 6.3% 6.9% 7.6% 6.6% 5.4% 6.5% 5.6% 6.1% 6.0% 6.0% 6.2%
                         
1993
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 15,178 16,956 17,133 15,296 14,468 14,649 16,410 14,677 14,103 13,514 13,464 13,027 14,907
Employment 14,466 16,122 16,228 14,357 13,512 13,691 15,659 13,904 13,427 12,763 12,683 12,344 14,097
Unemployment 712 834 905 939 956 958 751 773 676 751 781 683 810
Unemployment Rate 4.7% 4.9% 5.3% 6.1% 6.6% 6.5% 4.6% 5.3% 4.8% 5.6% 5.8% 5.2% 5.4%
                         
1992
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 14,485 16,521 16,724 16,424 15,694 15,863 16,575 15,084 14,185 13,046 13,142 13,119 15,072
Employment 13,644 15,542 15,709 15,465 14,686 14,716 15,678 14,246 13,317 12,257 12,377 12,371 14,167
Unemployment 841 979 1,015 959 1,008 1,147 897 838 868 789 765 748 905
Unemployment Rate 5.8% 5.9% 6.1% 5.8% 6.4% 7.2% 5.4% 5.6% 6.1% 6.0% 5.8% 5.7% 6.0%
                         
1991
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 13,073 13,641 13,830 14,521 14,609 14,646 15,892 14,088 12,971 12,309 12,777 12,961 13,776
Employment 12,360 12,880 12,967 13,615 13,720 13,778 15,160 13,334 12,244 11,554 12,040 12,200 12,988
Unemployment 713 761 863 906 889 868 732 754 727 755 737 761 788
Unemployment Rate 5.5% 5.6% 6.2% 6.2% 6.1% 5.9% 4.6% 5.4% 5.6% 6.1% 5.8% 5.9% 5.7%
                         
1990
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual
Labor Force 11,700 12,362 12,578 12,603 13,080 13,060 14,270 12,650 11,755 11,678 11,876 12,035 12,470
Employment 11,073 11,817 11,924 11,860 12,345 12,418 13,711 12,078 11,194 11,084 11,295 11,445 11,855
Unemployment 627 545 654 743 735 642 559 572 561 594 581 590 615
Unemployment Rate 5.4% 4.4% 5.2% 5.9% 5.6% 4.9% 3.9% 4.5% 4.8% 5.1% 4.9% 4.9% 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.