Department of Numbers

Texas Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Texas rose 0.1 percentage points in May 2023 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Texas peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 8.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in August 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also see Texas unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% +0.3 +0.1
Texas 4.1% +0.1 +0.3

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 2023

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Texas peaked in April 2020 at 1,700,255. There are now 1,083,951 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 545,468 in August 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 70,836. Texas job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2023 Month/Month Year/Year
Texas 616,304 +10,620 +60,987

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Texas from 1990 to May 2023

Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployed
June 2023 3.6%
May 2023 3.7% 4.1% 616,304
April 2023 3.4% 4.0% 605,684
March 2023 3.5% 4.0% 599,832
February 2023 3.6% 4.0% 587,211
January 2023 3.4% 3.9% 569,291
December 2022 3.5% 3.8% 560,929
November 2022 3.6% 3.8% 564,593
October 2022 3.7% 3.9% 567,778
September 2022 3.5% 3.8% 560,829
August 2022 3.7% 3.7% 545,468
July 2022 3.5% 3.8% 552,038