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Austin-Round Rock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Austin fell 0.1 percentage points in July 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. You can also compare Austin unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Texas 3.4% 0.0 -0.4
Austin 2.6% -0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 34,587 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Austin employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Austin, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Austin 31,685 -600 -2,949

Number of Unemployed Persons

Austin, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployment Rate
Austin
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.4%
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 2.6% 31,685
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
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 2.9% 34,748
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 2.9% 34,715
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 2.9% 34,590

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.