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Abilene, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Abilene fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Abilene peaked in November 2010 at 7.1% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Abilene unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Texas 5.0% 0.0 +0.4
Abilene 4.2% -0.1 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Abilene, Texas, National

Abilene, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Abilene, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Abilene peaked in November 2010 at 5,425. There are now 2,265 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,763 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 397. Abilene employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Abilene, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Abilene 3,160 -54 +245

Number of Unemployed Persons

Abilene, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Abilene
Unemployment Rate
Abilene
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 4.8%
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.2% 3,160
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.3% 3,214
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 4.3% 3,224
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 4.1% 3,044
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.1% 3,089
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 4.1% 3,052
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 4.1% 3,048
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.0% 3,030
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.0% 2,958
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.9% 2,888
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.8% 2,844

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.