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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 December 2015 to 4.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 8.5% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in June 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas 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
Dallas 4.0% -0.1 -0.4
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: 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 127,100 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 130,934 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,953. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 144,887 -2,807 -12,371

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.7% 4.0% 144,887
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.1% 147,694
October
2015
5.0% 4.4% 4.0% 143,477
September
2015
5.1% 4.2% 3.8% 135,770
August
2015
5.1% 4.1% 3.7% 130,960
July
2015
5.3% 4.2% 3.7% 130,934
June
2015
5.3% 4.2% 3.7% 131,563
May
2015
5.5% 4.3% 3.9% 141,028
April
2015
5.4% 4.2% 4.0% 144,502
March
2015
5.5% 4.2% 4.0% 144,864
February
2015
5.5% 4.3% 4.1% 145,751

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.