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Abilene, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Abilene fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Abilene peaked in November 2010 at 7.1% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Abilene unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Texas 4.4% 0.0 0.0
Abilene 3.8% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 2,571 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,790 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 64. Abilene employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Abilene, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Abilene 2,854 -108 -95

Number of Unemployed Persons

Abilene, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Abilene
Unemployment Rate
Abilene
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.5%
May
2016
4.7% 4.4% 3.8% 2,854
April
2016
5.0% 4.4% 3.9% 2,962
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 3.9% 2,944
February
2016
4.9% 4.3% 3.7% 2,798
January
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.8% 2,829
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.0% 2,964
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.0% 2,980
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 4.0% 2,964
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 3.9% 2,896
August
2015
5.1% 4.4% 3.8% 2,820
July
2015
5.3% 4.4% 3.7% 2,790

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.