Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2018 to 3.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher 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. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
Texas 3.8% -0.1 -0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 478,530 fewer people unemployed in the state. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 525,469 -10,459 -12,944

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7%
September 2018 3.7% 3.8% 525,469
August 2018 3.9% 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 4.1% 4.0% 552,348
February 2018 4.1% 4.0% 544,114
January 2018 4.1% 4.0% 538,532
December 2017 4.1% 4.0% 537,688
November 2017 4.1% 3.9% 536,176