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Southwest - Labor Force Statistics

 
Civilian labor force in the West South Central and Mountain states, seasonally adjusted (in thousands)
Area

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United States

162,546 164,546 162,913 156,481 -6,065 -3.7

West South Central Division

(r)19,232.5 19,521.5 (1)- (1)-    

Arkansas

(r)1,361.1 1,367.7 1,386.5 (p)1,316.9 (p)(r)-44.3 (p)(r)-3.3

Louisiana

(r)2,087.9 2,110.0 2,126.6 (p)1,938.0 (p)(r)-149.9 (p)(r)-7.2

Oklahoma

(r)1,837.1 1,844.3 1,829.8 (p)1,767.6 (p)(r)-69.5 (p)(r)-3.8

Texas

(r)13,946.4 14,199.6 14,004.5 (p)12,954.4 (p)(r)-992.0 (p)(r)-7.1

Mountain Division

(r)12,426.3 12,674.6 (1)- (1)-    

Arizona

(r)3,516.3 3,613.0 3,578.6 (p)3,540.8 (p)(r)24.5 (p)(r)0.7

Colorado

(r)3,127.3 3,186.3 3,136.5 (p)3,069.2 (p)(r)-58.1 (p)(r)-1.9

Idaho

(r)876.8 891.7 894.6 (p)891.8 (p)(r)15.0 (p)(r)1.7

Montana

(r)531.4 537.3 538.8 (p)522.7 (p)(r)-8.7 (p)(r)-1.6

Nevada

(r)1,535.7 1,559.5 1,566.2 (p)1,419.4 (p)(r)-116.3 (p)(r)-7.6

New Mexico

(r)950.4 961.8 968.7 (p)920.8 (p)(r)-29.5 (p)(r)-3.1

Utah

(r)1,596.7 1,630.7 1,625.4 (p)1,604.8 (p)(r)8.0 (p)(r)0.5

Wyoming

(r)291.8 294.2 295.5 (p)297.7 (p)(r)5.9 (p)(r)2.0

Footnotes
(1) Not available.
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics
The State and regional data above are a product of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program, a Federal-State cooperative program in which total employment and unemployment are measured for approximately 7,200 areas.

 
Unemployed in the West South Central and Mountain states, seasonally adjusted (in thousands)
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United States

5,850 5,787 7,140 23,078 17,228 294.5

West South Central Division

(r)685.1 708.5 (1)- (1)-    

Arkansas

(r)48.2 47.8 69.7 (p)134.0 (p)(r)85.8 (p)(r)178.1

Louisiana

(r)93.4 109.9 141.6 (p)281.6 (p)(r)188.2 (p)(r)201.4

Oklahoma

(r)59.0 58.4 53.7 (p)242.7 (p)(r)183.6 (p)(r)311.1

Texas

(r)484.5 492.5 715.8 (p)1,656.6 (p)(r)1,172.2 (p)(r)242.0

Mountain Division

(r)467.4 437.6 (1)- (1)-    

Arizona

(r)169.5 161.2 219.2 (p)445.5 (p)(r)276.0 (p)(r)162.9

Colorado

(r)90.8 80.3 164.0 (p)347.8 (p)(r)257.0 (p)(r)283.1

Idaho

(r)25.8 23.8 22.0 (p)103.0 (p)(r)77.1 (p)(r)298.5

Montana

(r)18.4 18.7 19.2 (p)58.9 (p)(r)40.5 (p)(r)219.4

Nevada

(r)62.0 56.2 107.8 (p)400.5 (p)(r)338.6 (p)(r)546.5

New Mexico

(r)47.1 46.0 61.1 (p)104.4 (p)(r)57.3 (p)(r)121.6

Utah

(r)43.7 40.5 62.4 (p)155.8 (p)(r)112.2 (p)(r)256.9

Wyoming

(r)10.2 10.9 11.2 (p)27.4 (p)(r)17.2 (p)(r)169.5

Footnotes
(1) Not available.
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics
The State and regional data above are a product of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program, a Federal-State cooperative program in which total employment and unemployment are measured for approximately 7,200 areas.

 
Unemployment rates in the West South Central and Mountain states, seasonally adjusted (in percent)
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United States

3.6 3.5 4.4 14.7 11.1

West South Central Division

(r)3.6 3.6 (1)- (1)-  

Arkansas

(r)3.5 3.5 5.0 (p)10.2 (p)(r)6.7

Louisiana

(r)4.5 5.2 6.7 (p)14.5 (p)(r)10.0

Oklahoma

(r)3.2 3.2 2.9 (p)13.7 (p)(r)10.5

Texas

(r)3.5 3.5 5.1 (p)12.8 (p)(r)9.3

Mountain Division

(r)3.8 3.5 (1)- (1)-  

Arizona

(r)4.8 4.5 6.1 (p)12.6 (p)(r)7.8

Colorado

(r)2.9 2.5 5.2 (p)11.3 (p)(r)8.4

Idaho

(r)2.9 2.7 2.5 (p)11.5 (p)(r)8.6

Montana

(r)3.5 3.5 3.6 (p)11.3 (p)(r)7.8

Nevada

(r)4.0 3.6 6.9 (p)28.2 (p)(r)24.2

New Mexico

(r)5.0 4.8 6.3 (p)11.3 (p)(r)6.3

Utah

(r)2.7 2.5 3.8 (p)9.7 (p)(r)7.0

Wyoming

(r)3.5 3.7 3.8 (p)9.2 (p)(r)5.7

Footnotes
(1) Not available.
(p) Preliminary
(r) Revised

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics
The State and regional data above are a product of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program, a Federal-State cooperative program in which total employment and unemployment are measured for approximately 7,200 areas.

 
Unemployment rates in Southwest states by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), not seasonally adjusted (in percent)
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Arkansas

Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO

(1)2.5 2.9 2.7 (p)3.3 (p)(1)0.8

Fort Smith, AR-OK

(1)3.5 4.1 3.8 (p)4.2 (p)(1)0.7

Hot Springs

(1)3.6 4.1 4.0 (p)4.8 (p)(1)1.2

Jonesboro

(1)2.8 3.4 3.2 (p)3.9 (p)(1)1.1

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway

(1)3.1 3.7 3.6 (p)4.4 (p)(1)1.3

Pine Bluff

(1)5.1 6.1 5.7 (p)6.9 (p)(1)1.8

Texarkana, TX-AR

(1)4.4 4.4 4.3 (p)5.4 (p)(1)1.0

Louisiana

Alexandria

(1)4.4 6.2 4.5 (p)6.3 (p)(1)1.9

Baton Rouge

(1)3.6 5.1 3.8 (p)5.4 (p)(1)1.8

Hammond

(1)4.7 6.6 4.7 (p)6.8 (p)(1)2.1

Houma-Thibodaux

(1)4.0 5.4 3.9 (p)5.7 (p)(1)1.7

Lafayette

(1)4.1 5.7 4.3 (p)6.1 (p)(1)2.0

Lake Charles

(1)3.4 5.3 4.0 (p)5.6 (p)(1)2.2

Monroe

(1)4.7 6.4 5.0 (p)6.9 (p)(1)2.2

New Orleans-Metairie

(1)3.8 5.2 3.9 (p)5.6 (p)(1)1.8

Shreveport-Bossier City

(1)4.4 6.0 4.6 (p)6.4 (p)(1)2.0

New Mexico

Albuquerque

(1)4.4 4.6 4.6 (p)5.3 (p)(1)0.9

Farmington

(1)5.5 6.2 6.3 (p)7.3 (p)(1)1.8

Las Cruces

(1)6.0 6.1 6.3 (p)7.5 (p)(1)1.5

Santa Fe

(1)3.8 4.0 4.0 (p)4.5 (p)(1)0.7

Oklahoma

Lawton

(1)3.6 3.2 3.0 (p)2.8 (p)(1)-0.8

Oklahoma City

(1)3.0 2.9 2.7 (p)2.5 (p)(1)-0.5

Tulsa

(1)3.2 3.2 3.0 (p)2.8 (p)(1)-0.4

Texas

Abilene

(1)3.1 3.1 3.0 (p)4.0 (p)(1)0.9

Amarillo

(1)2.7 2.7 2.6 (p)3.4 (p)(1)0.7

Austin-Round Rock

(1)2.7 2.8 2.6 (p)3.5 (p)(1)0.8

Beaumont-Port Arthur

(1)5.2 6.0 5.5 (p)7.5 (p)(1)2.3

Brownsville-Harlingen

(1)5.4 6.3 5.8 (p)7.4 (p)(1)2.0

College Station-Bryan

(1)2.7 2.9 2.7 (p)3.7 (p)(1)1.0

Corpus Christi

(1)4.4 4.8 4.4 (p)5.7 (p)(1)1.3

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington

(1)3.3 3.3 3.2 (p)4.3 (p)(1)1.0

Dallas-Plano-Irving(2)

(1)3.3 3.3 3.2 (p)4.2 (p)(1)0.9

Fort Worth-Arlington(2)

(1)3.3 3.3 3.2 (p)4.4 (p)(1)1.1

El Paso

(1)3.8 4.0 3.8 (p)5.0 (p)(1)1.2

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land

(1)3.7 4.1 3.9 (p)5.1 (p)(1)1.4

Killeen-Temple

(1)3.8 3.8 3.7 (p)4.9 (p)(1)1.1

Laredo

(1)3.7 4.1 3.9 (p)5.2 (p)(1)1.5

Longview

(1)3.7 4.3 4.1 (p)5.3 (p)(1)1.6

Lubbock

(1)3.1 2.9 2.8 (p)3.7 (p)(1)0.6

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

(1)5.7 7.6 6.7 (p)8.5 (p)(1)2.8

Midland

(1)2.0 2.4 2.3 (p)3.1 (p)(1)1.1

Odessa

(1)2.4 3.4 3.3 (p)4.4 (p)(1)2.0

San Angelo

(1)3.0 3.2 3.0 (p)4.0 (p)(1)1.0

San Antonio-New Braunfels

(1)3.1 3.2 3.1 (p)4.2 (p)(1)1.1

Sherman-Denison

(1)3.0 3.3 3.2 (p)4.3 (p)(1)1.3

Texarkana, TX-AR

(1)4.4 4.4 4.3 (p)5.4 (p)(1)1.0

Tyler

(1)3.4 3.6 3.5 (p)4.5 (p)(1)1.1

Victoria

(1)3.4 3.9 3.8 (p)5.1 (p)(1)1.7

Waco

(1)3.4 3.4 3.3 (p)4.5 (p)(1)1.1

Wichita Falls

(1)3.2 3.3 3.1 (p)4.2 (p)(1)1.0

Footnotes
(1) Data were subject to revision on April 17, 2020.
(2) Metropolitan Division
(p) Preliminary

Source: Local Area Unemployment Statistics
The State and regional data above are a product of the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program, a Federal-State cooperative program in which total employment and unemployment are measured for approximately 7,200 areas.

 
Nonfarm wage and salary employment in Southwest States, seasonally adjusted (in thousands)
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United States

150,492 (1)152,463 (1)(p)151,582 (1)(p)131,045 (1)(p)-19,447 (1)(p)-12.9

Arkansas

1,277.8 1,281.6 1,272.0 (p)1,169.9 (p)-107.9 (p)-8.4

Louisiana

1,994.2 1,995.0 1,960.7 (p)1,721.1 (p)-273.1 (p)-13.7

New Mexico

853.7 866.7 862.1 (p)764.5 (p)-89.2 (p)-10.4

Oklahoma

1,704.2 1,700.7 1,686.9 (p)1,556.1 (p)-148.1 (p)-8.7

Texas

12,738.6 13,016.8 12,926.9 (p)11,628.0 (p)-1,110.6 (p)-8.7

Footnotes
(1) corrected
(p) Preliminary

Source: Current Employment Statistics - National - State and Metropolitan Area
The Current Employment Statistics (CES) Survey is a monthly survey of business establishments which provides estimates of employment, hours, and earnings data by industry for the nation as a whole, all States, and most major metropolitan areas since 1939. The CES survey is a Federal-State cooperative program in which State employment security agencies prepare the data using concepts, definitions, and technical procedures prescribed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.