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Lubbock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lubbock fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Lubbock peaked in February 2010 at 6.4% and is now 3.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Lubbock 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
Lubbock 2.9% 0.0 -0.6
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: 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 4,869 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,565 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 113. Lubbock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lubbock, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Lubbock 4,678 +113 -862

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lubbock, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.8% 2.9% 4,678
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 2.9% 4,565
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 3.1% 4,961
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 3.3% 5,253
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 3.1% 4,889
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 3.3% 5,234
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 3.5% 5,555
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

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.