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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2014 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in December 2009 at 8.3% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Dallas 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
Dallas 5.2% -0.1 -1.1
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: 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 March 2010 at 268,485. There are now 89,746 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 178,739 -2,612 -34,464

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
June
2014
6.1% 5.1%
May
2014
6.3% 5.1% 5.2% 178,739
April
2014
6.3% 5.2% 5.3% 181,351
March
2014
6.7% 5.5% 5.5% 187,608
February
2014
6.7% 5.7% 5.6% 192,027
January
2014
6.6% 5.7% 5.7% 194,037
December
2013
6.7% 6.0% 5.9% 201,463
November
2013
7.0% 6.1% 6.0% 203,284
October
2013
7.2% 6.2% 6.0% 205,267
September
2013
7.2% 6.3% 6.1% 207,234
August
2013
7.2% 6.4% 6.1% 209,080
July
2013
7.3% 6.4% 6.2% 210,512
June
2013
7.5% 6.4% 6.2% 211,726

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.