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Lubbock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lubbock fell 0.2 percentage points in May 2017 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Lubbock peaked in February 2010 at 6.4% and is now 2.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lubbock 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
Lubbock 3.5% -0.2 +0.1
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: Lubbock, Texas, National

Lubbock, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lubbock, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lubbock peaked in November 2010 at 9,547. There are now 3,988 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 5,094 in July 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 465. Lubbock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lubbock, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lubbock 5,559 -327 +222

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lubbock, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.5% 5,559
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 3.7% 5,886
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 3.9% 6,268
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 3.6% 5,820
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 3.4% 5,463
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 3.5% 5,591
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 3.5% 5,540
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 3.5% 5,535
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.5% 5,521
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.4% 5,439
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.4% 5,344

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.