Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2021 to 6.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.6 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 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Texas 6.7% -0.2 -6.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to April 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 784,366 fewer people unemployed in the state. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 943,503 -23,876 -784,366

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
May 2021 5.8%
April 2021 6.1% 6.7% 943,503
March 2021 6.0% 6.9% 967,379
February 2021 6.2% 6.9% 970,315
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