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Waco, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waco fell 0.1 percentage points in May 2017 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Waco peaked in January 2010 at 7.6% and is now 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in July 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Waco 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
Waco 4.2% -0.1 +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: 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 4,028 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,634 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 529. Waco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Waco, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Waco 5,163 -208 +376

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waco, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
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
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 4.2% 5,114
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 4.1% 5,059
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 4.1% 5,058
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.1% 5,010
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 4.0% 4,874
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 3.9% 4,778

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.