Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2014 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in December 2009 at 7.3% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Texas 4.6% 0.0 -1.0
Austin 3.9% -0.2 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 February 2010 at 66,259. There are now 25,868 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 40,391 -2,043 -9,758

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 4.2%
March
2015
5.5% 4.2%
February
2015
5.5% 4.3%
January
2015
5.7% 4.4%
December
2014
5.6% 4.6% 3.9% 40,391
November
2014
5.8% 4.6% 4.1% 42,434
October
2014
5.7% 4.7% 4.2% 43,195
September
2014
5.9% 4.8% 4.2% 43,486
August
2014
6.1% 4.9% 4.2% 43,222
July
2014
6.2% 5.0% 4.1% 42,395
June
2014
6.1% 5.0% 4.1% 42,421
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 4.3% 43,665

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.