Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas rose 1.2 percentage points in November 2020 to 8.1%. The state unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.3 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Texas 8.1% +1.2 +4.6

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

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Texas peaked in May 2020 at 1,753,204. There are now 599,952 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 968,165 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 185,087. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 1,153,252 +185,087 +656,915

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to November 2020

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 8.1% 1,153,252
October 2020 6.9% 6.9% 968,165
September 2020 7.8% 8.3% 1,173,813
August 2020 8.4% 6.8% 981,437
July 2020 10.2% 8.0% 1,113,605
June 2020 11.1% 8.4% 1,154,852
May 2020 13.3% 13.0% 1,753,204
April 2020 14.8% 13.5% 1,744,022
March 2020 4.4% 5.1% 715,827
February 2020 3.5% 3.5% 492,454
January 2020 3.5% 3.5% 494,392