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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Houston fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2017 to 5.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Houston peaked in December 2009 at 8.5% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Houston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Texas 4.8% -0.2 +0.1
Houston 5.4% -0.3 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Houston, Texas, National

Houston, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Houston, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Houston peaked in March 2010 at 249,727. There are now 71,620 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 143,414 in February 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 34,693. Houston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Houston, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 178,107 -11,909 +9,108

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.4% 178,107
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 5.7% 190,016
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 5.9% 195,247
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.9% 195,057
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 5.6% 185,802
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 5.5% 183,308
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 5.4% 179,874
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 5.5% 179,975
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.5% 181,457
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.4% 179,495
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.3% 175,723

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.