Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in April 2020 at 13.5% and is now 0.5 percentage points lower. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Texas 13.0% -0.5 +9.6

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Texas in May 2020 is at a new high of 1,753,114. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 1,753,114 +9,092 +1,272,422

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
June 2020 11.1%
May 2020 13.3% 13.0% 1,753,114
April 2020 14.7% 13.5% 1,744,022
March 2020 4.4% 5.1% 715,827
February 2020 3.5% 3.5% 492,454
January 2020 3.6% 3.5% 494,392
December 2019 3.5% 3.5% 495,792
November 2019 3.5% 3.5% 496,337
October 2019 3.6% 3.5% 497,108
September 2019 3.5% 3.5% 495,774
August 2019 3.7% 3.5% 492,450
July 2019 3.7% 3.5% 487,025