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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in July 2009 at 7.4% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Austin 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
Austin 2.8% 0.0 0.0
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: 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 January 2010 at 66,409. There are now 33,021 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 32,919 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 469. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 33,388 -605 +469

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 2.8% 33,388
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 2.8% 33,993
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 2.8% 33,561
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 2.8% 33,477
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 3.0% 35,118
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.0% 35,194
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.1% 36,775
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.1% 36,755
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.0% 35,037
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 2.9% 33,562
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 2.9% 33,984

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.