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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas rose 0.2 percentage points in March 2016 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 8.5% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Texas 4.3% 0.0 -0.1
Dallas 3.8% +0.2 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

Unemployment Rate: Dallas, Texas, National

Dallas, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Dallas, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 271,987. There are now 133,123 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 132,411 in February 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 6,453. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 138,864 +6,453 -8,974

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 3.8% 138,864
February
2016
4.9% 4.3% 3.6% 132,411
January
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.7% 134,999
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.0% 144,944
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.0% 145,529
October
2015
5.0% 4.5% 4.0% 145,087
September
2015
5.1% 4.5% 4.0% 143,265
August
2015
5.1% 4.4% 3.9% 141,692
July
2015
5.3% 4.4% 3.9% 141,501
June
2015
5.3% 4.4% 4.0% 142,898
May
2015
5.5% 4.4% 4.1% 145,437
April
2015
5.4% 4.4% 4.1% 147,084

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.