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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 1.1 percentage points in May 2020 to 11.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.4 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in April 2020 at 12.7% and is now 1.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Texas 13.0% -0.5 +9.6
Austin 11.6% -1.1 +9.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 142,918. There are now 7,332 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 135,586 -7,332 +103,301

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 11.6% 135,586
April
2020
14.7% 13.5% 12.7% 142,918
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 3.9% 47,607
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 2.6% 32,630
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 2.6% 32,663
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 2.6% 32,824
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 2.6% 32,858
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 2.6% 32,840
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 2.6% 32,781
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 2.6% 32,635
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 2.6% 32,387

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.