Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in August 2009 at 8.4% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Texas 4.8% -0.2 +0.1

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 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 355,924 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 568,050 in May 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 87,908. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 655,958 -20,370 +40,350

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
May 2017 4.3% 4.8% 655,958
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
September 2016 4.9% 4.7% 630,583
August 2016 4.9% 4.7% 627,586
July 2016 4.9% 4.7% 624,598
June 2016 4.9% 4.7% 620,831