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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2017 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 8.5% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.2 -0.7
Texas 4.0% -0.2 -0.7
Dallas 3.4% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2017 data as October 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 142,225 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 129,762 -6,579 -15,236

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
October
2017
4.1% 3.9%
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 3.4% 129,762
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.6% 136,341
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 3.5% 131,142
June
2017
4.4% 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
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.0% 148,056
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 3.9% 146,145

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.