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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin rose 0.9 percentage points in November 2020 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Austin peaked in April 2020 at 12.7% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.1% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Texas 8.1% +1.2 +4.6
Austin 6.0% +0.9 +3.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 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 April 2020 at 142,918. There are now 67,106 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 64,031 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,781. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 75,812 +11,781 +42,954

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 6.0% 75,812
October
2020
6.9% 6.9% 5.1% 64,031
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 6.3% 79,691
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 5.4% 68,509
July
2020
10.2% 8.0% 6.5% 79,573
June
2020
11.1% 8.4% 7.1% 86,119
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 11.6% 135,938
April
2020
14.8% 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
3.5% 3.5% 2.6% 32,663

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.