Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2019 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in August 2009 at 8.3% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% 0.0 -0.2
Texas 3.8% 0.0 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2019

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 477,907 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 513,286 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 12,806. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 526,092 -3,912 -30,292

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to March 2019

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
April 2019 3.6%
March 2019 3.8% 3.8% 526,092
February 2019 3.8% 3.8% 530,004
January 2019 4.0% 3.8% 525,430
December 2018 3.9% 3.7% 516,371
November 2018 3.7% 3.7% 515,225
October 2018 3.8% 3.7% 513,286
September 2018 3.7% 3.7% 513,741
August 2018 3.8% 3.7% 516,917
July 2018 3.9% 3.8% 523,220
June 2018 4.0% 3.8% 532,115
May 2018 3.8% 3.9% 541,578