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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.7 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in April 2020 at 12.2% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Texas 6.2% -0.3 -3.1
Austin 4.2% -0.7 -3.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Austin, Texas, National

Austin, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Austin, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Austin peaked in April 2020 at 142,608. There are now 88,963 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 53,645 -8,533 -39,212

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 4.2% 53,645
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 4.9% 62,178
May
2021
5.8% 6.6% 5.0% 63,311
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 5.1% 64,706
March
2021
6.0% 6.9% 5.2% 64,953
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 5.2% 64,187
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 5.1% 63,404
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 5.1% 63,890
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 5.2% 65,263
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 5.3% 67,169
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.1% 76,686

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.