Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2018 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in August 2009 at 8.3% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.1 -0.5
Texas 4.1% 0.0 -0.3

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Texas peaked in February 2010 at 1,003,999. There are now 444,324 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 534,702 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 24,973. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 559,675 +1,072 -30,554

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to May 2018

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
June 2018 4.0%
May 2018 3.8% 4.1% 559,675
April 2018 3.9% 4.1% 558,603
March 2018 4.1% 4.0% 552,348
February 2018 4.1% 4.0% 544,114
January 2018 4.1% 4.0% 538,532
December 2017 4.1% 4.0% 537,688
November 2017 4.1% 3.9% 536,176
October 2017 4.1% 3.9% 534,702
September 2017 4.2% 4.0% 538,413
August 2017 4.4% 4.0% 545,573
July 2017 4.3% 4.1% 556,716