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Amarillo, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Amarillo rose 0.2 percentage points in February 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Amarillo peaked in January 2010 at 5.9% and is now 2.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in June 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Amarillo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Texas 4.9% +0.1 +0.3
Amarillo 3.5% +0.2 +0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Amarillo, Texas, National

Amarillo, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Amarillo, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Amarillo peaked in September 2009 at 7,730. There are now 3,067 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,766 in June 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 897. Amarillo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Amarillo, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Amarillo 4,663 +283 +789

Number of Unemployed Persons

Amarillo, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Amarillo
Unemployment Rate
Amarillo
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 5.0%
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 3.5% 4,663
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 3.3% 4,380
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 3.4% 4,463
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 3.2% 4,153
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 3.3% 4,287
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.3% 4,396
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.1% 4,137
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.0% 3,991
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 2.9% 3,766
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 3.0% 3,937
April
2016
5.0% 4.6% 3.1% 4,079

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.