Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2014 to 5.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in March 2010 at 8.3% and is now 3.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in May 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.1 -1.4
Texas 5.1% -0.1 -1.1

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Texas peaked in July 2011 at 1,017,035. There are now 347,817 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 655,999 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,219. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 669,218 -10,160 -126,502

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to October 2014

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8% 5.1% 669,218
September 2014 5.9% 5.2% 679,378
August 2014 6.1% 5.3% 683,609
July 2014 6.2% 5.1% 666,179
June 2014 6.1% 5.1% 655,999
May 2014 6.3% 5.1% 668,174
April 2014 6.3% 5.2% 677,176
March 2014 6.7% 5.5% 712,214
February 2014 6.7% 5.7% 732,051
January 2014 6.6% 5.7% 739,590
December 2013 6.7% 6.0% 767,300
November 2013 7.0% 6.1% 777,861
October 2013 7.2% 6.2% 795,720