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 2015 to 4.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 3.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Texas 4.7% +0.1 +0.1

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 2015

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 401,629 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 537,970 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 72,283. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 610,253 +11,934 +8,466

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to December 2015

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.7% 610,253
November 2015 5.0% 4.6% 598,319
October 2015 5.0% 4.4% 569,885
September 2015 5.1% 4.2% 544,667
August 2015 5.1% 4.1% 537,970
July 2015 5.3% 4.2% 541,177
June 2015 5.3% 4.2% 544,730
May 2015 5.5% 4.3% 559,870
April 2015 5.4% 4.2% 557,970
March 2015 5.5% 4.2% 558,901
February 2015 5.5% 4.3% 565,549