Department of Numbers

Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2016 to 3.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 8.5% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in February 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Texas 4.7% -0.1 +0.2
Dallas 3.8% -0.2 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 130,415 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 9,161. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 141,572 -7,002 -3,515

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.8% 141,572
September
2016
5.0% 4.8% 4.0% 148,574
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.9% 143,771
July
2016
4.9% 4.6% 3.8% 139,136
June
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.6% 133,975
May
2016
4.7% 4.4% 3.7% 136,498
April
2016
5.0% 4.4% 3.9% 141,887
March
2016
5.0% 4.3% 3.8% 138,823
February
2016
4.9% 4.3% 3.6% 132,411
January
2016
4.9% 4.5% 3.7% 134,999
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.0% 144,944

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.