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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in July 2009 at 7.4% and is now 4.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Texas 4.8% -0.2 +0.1
Austin 3.4% -0.2 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Austin, Texas, National

Austin, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Austin, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Austin peaked in March 2010 at 66,427. There are now 27,806 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 34,490 in January 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,131. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 38,621 -1,945 +3,701

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.4% 38,621
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 3.6% 40,566
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 3.7% 42,087
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 3.6% 41,010
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 3.4% 37,850
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 3.4% 38,345
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 3.4% 37,724
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 3.3% 37,510
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.3% 37,239
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.3% 36,493
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.2% 35,784

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.