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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2016 to 3.1%. 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 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Texas 4.4% 0.0 0.0
Austin 3.1% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 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 32,571 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 33,113 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 743. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 33,856 -1,504 -2,338

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.5%
May
2016
4.7% 4.4% 3.1% 33,856
April
2016
5.0% 4.4% 3.2% 35,360
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 3.2% 34,804
February
2016
4.9% 4.3% 3.0% 33,113
January
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.1% 33,539
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 3.3% 36,091
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 3.3% 36,171
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 3.3% 35,875
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 3.3% 35,162
August
2015
5.1% 4.4% 3.2% 34,726
July
2015
5.3% 4.4% 3.3% 34,855

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.