Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.6%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 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 3.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Texas 4.6% 0.0 0.0

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 2016

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 387,555 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 569,744 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 54,583. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 624,327 +9,299 +13,776

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to December 2016

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.6% 624,327
November 2016 4.6% 4.6% 615,028
October 2016 4.8% 4.7% 631,455
September 2016 4.9% 4.8% 637,095
August 2016 4.9% 4.7% 621,727
July 2016 4.9% 4.6% 609,056
June 2016 4.9% 4.5% 593,259
May 2016 4.7% 4.4% 590,003
April 2016 5.0% 4.4% 587,049
March 2016 5.0% 4.3% 577,053
February 2016 4.9% 4.3% 574,855