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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas rose 0.3 percentage points in February 2017 to 4.2%. 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 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Texas 4.9% +0.1 +0.3
Dallas 4.2% +0.3 +0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 114,632 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 24,944. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 157,355 +10,479 +24,944

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 5.0%
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 4.2% 157,355
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 3.9% 146,876
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 3.9% 146,097
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 3.7% 136,709
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 3.8% 141,572
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.0% 148,574
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.9% 143,771
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.8% 139,136
June
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.6% 133,975
May
2016
4.7% 4.7% 3.7% 136,498
April
2016
5.0% 4.6% 3.9% 141,887

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.