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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in August 2009 at 7.4% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -0.2
Texas 3.4% 0.0 -0.3
Austin 2.6% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2019 data as December 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 February 2010 at 66,272. There are now 34,440 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 31,251 in September 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 581. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 31,832 +360 -2,883

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
December
2019
3.5%
November
2019
3.5% 3.4% 2.6% 31,832
October
2019
3.6% 3.4% 2.6% 31,472
September
2019
3.5% 3.4% 2.6% 31,251
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.6% 31,352
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.6% 31,687
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.7% 32,285
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 2.8% 33,313
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 2.9% 34,647
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 2.9% 35,488
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.0% 35,869
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.0% 35,620

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.