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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2018 to 2.9%. 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 July 2009 at 7.4% and is now 4.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% +0.2 -0.2
Texas 3.7% 0.0 -0.3
Austin 2.9% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2018 data as January 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 30,919 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 2,571. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 35,490 +1,690 +1,506

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
January
2019
4.0%
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 2.9% 35,490
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 2.8% 33,800
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 2.8% 33,393
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 2.8% 33,993
August
2018
3.8% 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
4.0% 4.0% 3.1% 36,755
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.0% 35,037

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.