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Abilene, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Abilene fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Abilene peaked in November 2010 at 7.1% and is now 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Abilene unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 3.7% -0.1 -0.2
Abilene 3.2% -0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Abilene, Texas, National

Abilene, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Abilene, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Abilene peaked in November 2010 at 5,426. There are now 2,940 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,389 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 97. Abilene employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Abilene, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Abilene 2,486 -1 -95

Number of Unemployed Persons

Abilene, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Abilene
Unemployment Rate
Abilene
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.2% 2,486
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.3% 2,487
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.2% 2,431
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.1% 2,389
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 3.3% 2,520
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.3% 2,580
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.6% 2,765
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.6% 2,761
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.5% 2,679
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.5% 2,631
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 3.5% 2,630

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.