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Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2015 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 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 3.0% in June 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Texas 4.7% +0.1 +0.1
Austin 3.4% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 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 January 2010 at 66,435. There are now 30,753 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 31,800 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,882. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 35,682 -599 -3,641

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.7% 3.4% 35,682
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 3.4% 36,281
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 3.3% 35,088
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 3.1% 33,036
August
2015
5.1% 4.1% 3.0% 31,800
July
2015
5.3% 4.2% 3.0% 32,134
June
2015
5.3% 4.2% 3.0% 32,121
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.3% 34,813
April
2015
5.4% 4.2% 3.4% 35,332
March
2015
5.5% 4.2% 3.3% 35,140
February
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.4% 36,105

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.