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Laredo, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Laredo fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Laredo peaked in September 2009 at 9.7% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in December 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Laredo 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
Laredo 4.6% -0.2 -0.3
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: Laredo, Texas, National

Laredo, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Laredo, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Laredo peaked in September 2009 at 9,241. There are now 3,968 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,972 in December 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 301. Laredo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Laredo, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Laredo 5,273 -284 -257

Number of Unemployed Persons

Laredo, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Laredo
Unemployment Rate
Laredo
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.6% 5,273
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.8% 5,557
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 5.0% 5,769
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 5.0% 5,706
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 4.8% 5,536
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.9% 5,577
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 4.8% 5,508
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 4.9% 5,550
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.9% 5,639
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 5.0% 5,656
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.9% 5,626

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.