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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.3%. 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 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Texas 3.8% -0.1 -1.0
Dallas 3.3% +0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December 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 148,198 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 119,578 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,211. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 123,789 +4,211 -22,356

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.3% 123,789
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.2% 119,578
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 3.4% 129,603
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.6% 136,341
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 3.5% 131,142
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 3.8% 142,256
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.0% 152,270
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.2% 159,765
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.3% 162,890
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 4.2% 157,849
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 3.9% 146,812

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.