Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2017 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in August 2009 at 8.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in November 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Texas 3.9% +0.1 -0.9

Note: All comparisons are made with December data as January state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Texas peaked in September 2009 at 1,011,882. There are now 489,671 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 512,134 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 10,077. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 522,211 +10,077 -115,342

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to December 2017

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 3.9% 522,211
November 2017 4.1% 3.8% 512,134
October 2017 4.1% 3.9% 517,228
September 2017 4.2% 4.0% 541,098
August 2017 4.4% 4.2% 556,969
July 2017 4.3% 4.3% 574,464
June 2017 4.3% 4.6% 620,529
May 2017 4.3% 4.8% 655,992
April 2017 4.4% 5.0% 676,328
March 2017 4.5% 5.0% 677,495
February 2017 4.7% 4.9% 662,593