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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in July 2009 at 7.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.7% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Texas 4.0% 0.0 -0.7
Austin 2.9% 0.0 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 data as March 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 March 2010 at 66,427. There are now 31,745 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 30,366 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,316. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 34,682 +1,064 -6,328

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 2.9% 34,682
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 2.9% 33,618
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 2.9% 33,554
November
2017
4.1% 3.9% 2.8% 32,207
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 2.7% 30,366
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 2.9% 33,231
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.1% 35,341
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.0% 33,429
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.2% 36,161
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 3.4% 38,660
April
2017
4.4% 4.5% 3.6% 40,566

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.