Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 5.2%. The state unemployment rate was 1.0 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 7.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Texas 5.2% -0.2 -2.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Texas, National

Texas monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 985,651 fewer people unemployed in the state. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 742,218 -27,734 -260,048

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
December 2021 3.9%
November 2021 4.2% 5.2% 742,218
October 2021 4.6% 5.4% 769,952
September 2021 4.7% 5.6% 796,747
August 2021 5.2% 5.9% 835,698
July 2021 5.4% 6.2% 876,677
June 2021 5.9% 6.5% 908,950
May 2021 5.8% 6.6% 922,669
April 2021 6.0% 6.7% 947,218
March 2021 6.0% 6.9% 967,379
February 2021 6.2% 6.9% 970,315
January 2021 6.4% 6.8% 958,561