Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2018 to 3.7%. The state unemployment rate was 0.2 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Texas 3.7% 0.0 -0.3

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

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2018

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 488,906 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 511,818 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,275. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 515,093 +3,275 -22,595

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to December 2018

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
January 2019 4.0%
December 2018 3.9% 3.7% 515,093
November 2018 3.7% 3.7% 511,818
October 2018 3.8% 3.7% 516,686
September 2018 3.7% 3.8% 525,550
August 2018 3.8% 3.9% 535,928
July 2018 3.9% 4.0% 547,739
June 2018 4.0% 4.0% 557,779
May 2018 3.8% 4.1% 559,653
April 2018 3.9% 4.1% 558,603
March 2018 4.0% 4.0% 552,348
February 2018 4.1% 4.0% 544,114