Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in April 2020 at 12.9% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Texas 6.9% +0.1 +3.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to February 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Texas peaked in April 2020 at 1,727,869. There are now 757,395 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 958,561 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,913. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 970,474 +11,913 +451,099

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to February 2021

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
March 2021 6.0%
February 2021 6.2% 6.9% 970,474
January 2021 6.3% 6.8% 958,561
December 2020 6.7% 6.9% 971,008
November 2020 6.7% 7.2% 1,002,266
October 2020 6.9% 7.3% 1,043,490
September 2020 7.8% 7.9% 1,105,923
August 2020 8.4% 6.9% 977,406
July 2020 10.2% 9.3% 1,301,082
June 2020 11.1% 10.2% 1,429,829
May 2020 13.3% 11.6% 1,575,199
April 2020 14.8% 12.9% 1,727,869