Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2017 to 4.0%. 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 4.4 percentage points lower. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Texas 4.0% -0.2 -0.7

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 470,933 fewer people unemployed in the state. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 540,949 -16,020 -89,634

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
September 2017 4.2% 4.0% 540,949
August 2017 4.4% 4.2% 556,969
July 2017 4.3% 4.3% 574,464
June 2017 4.4% 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
January 2017 4.8% 4.8% 642,499
December 2016 4.7% 4.8% 637,553
November 2016 4.6% 4.8% 636,048
October 2016 4.8% 4.8% 633,349