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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 May 2014 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in December 2009 at 7.3% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.3% in April 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% 0.0 -1.2
Texas 5.1% -0.1 -1.3
Austin 4.3% 0.0 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2014 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 February 2010 at 66,259. There are now 22,611 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 43,648 -532 -9,737

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 5.1%
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 4.3% 43,648
April
2014
6.3% 5.2% 4.3% 44,180
March
2014
6.7% 5.5% 4.5% 45,926
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 4.6% 47,094
January
2014
6.6% 5.7% 4.7% 47,719
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 4.9% 50,149
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 5.0% 50,746
October
2013
7.2% 6.2% 5.1% 51,371
September
2013
7.2% 6.3% 5.1% 51,951
August
2013
7.2% 6.4% 5.2% 52,440
July
2013
7.3% 6.4% 5.2% 52,783
June
2013
7.5% 6.4% 5.3% 53,044

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.