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Waco, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waco rose 0.1 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Waco peaked in January 2010 at 7.6% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.6% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Waco 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
Waco 3.7% +0.1 -0.4
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: Waco, Texas, National

Waco, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Waco, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Waco peaked in September 2011 at 9,191. There are now 4,725 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,327 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 139. Waco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Waco, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Waco 4,466 +139 -593

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waco, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.8% 3.7% 4,466
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.6% 4,327
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 3.9% 4,698
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 4.1% 4,976
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 3.9% 4,801
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 4.2% 5,137
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 4.2% 5,163
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 4.3% 5,371
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 4.4% 5,501
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 4.4% 5,452
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 4.1% 5,067

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.