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Abilene, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Abilene fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 5.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Abilene peaked in April 2020 at 9.5% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.9% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Abilene unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Texas 6.9% +0.1 +3.2
Abilene 5.9% -0.1 +2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 April 2020 at 6,695. There are now 2,022 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,907 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 766. Abilene employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Abilene, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Abilene 4,673 -39 +2,313

Number of Unemployed Persons

Abilene, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Abilene
Unemployment Rate
Abilene
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 5.9% 4,673
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 6.0% 4,712
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 5.7% 4,494
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 6.2% 4,932
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 5.1% 3,999
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.0% 4,735
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 4.9% 3,907
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 5.9% 4,495
June
2020
11.1% 10.2% 6.0% 4,534
May
2020
13.3% 11.6% 9.1% 6,692
April
2020
14.8% 12.9% 9.5% 6,695

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.