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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 8.5% and is now 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in July 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Texas 3.4% 0.0 -0.3
Dallas 3.1% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Dallas, Texas, National

Dallas, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Dallas, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 271,579. There are now 148,284 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 123,295 -1,147 -10,538

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.4%
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 123,295
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 124,442
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.2% 126,619
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.3% 130,387
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 3.4% 135,413
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.5% 138,594
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.5% 139,690
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.5% 138,367
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.4% 134,956
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.4% 134,797
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.4% 134,274

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.