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Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2014 to 4.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in December 2009 at 7.3% and is now 2.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Texas 5.7% 0.0 -0.8
Austin 4.7% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 66,264. There are now 19,045 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 47,219 -488 -5,409

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 5.5%
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 4.7% 47,219
January
2014
6.6% 5.7% 4.8% 47,707
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 5.0% 49,856
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 5.1% 50,674
October
2013
7.2% 6.2% 5.2% 51,409
September
2013
7.2% 6.3% 5.2% 51,251
August
2013
7.2% 6.4% 5.2% 51,243
July
2013
7.3% 6.4% 5.3% 52,565
June
2013
7.5% 6.4% 5.4% 53,562
May
2013
7.5% 6.4% 5.5% 53,903
April
2013
7.5% 6.4% 5.4% 53,177
March
2013
7.5% 6.4% 5.4% 52,957

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.