Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2019 to 3.5%. 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 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.4% in June 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 3.5% +0.1 -0.2

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 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 513,693 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 471,072 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 19,234. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 490,306 +4,291 -26,065

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
January 2020 3.6%
December 2019 3.5% 3.5% 490,306
November 2019 3.5% 3.4% 486,015
October 2019 3.6% 3.4% 477,979
September 2019 3.5% 3.4% 471,072
August 2019 3.7% 3.4% 471,861
July 2019 3.7% 3.4% 475,791
June 2019 3.7% 3.4% 482,615
May 2019 3.6% 3.5% 496,324
April 2019 3.6% 3.7% 513,127
March 2019 3.8% 3.8% 526,088
February 2019 3.8% 3.8% 530,004