Department of Numbers

Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Houston fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 4.4%. 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 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Houston 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
Houston 4.4% 0.0 -1.0
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: 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 103,147 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 3,166. Houston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Houston, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 146,580 +2,578 -33,294

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.8% 4.4% 146,580
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 4.4% 144,002
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 4.8% 158,825
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.8% 160,453
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 4.6% 152,987
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 5.0% 167,047
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 5.4% 178,081
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

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.