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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 8.5% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Texas 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Dallas 3.6% -0.1 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 271,987. There are now 128,704 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 128,494 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 14,789. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 143,283 -4,292 +5,829

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.8%
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.6% 143,283
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.7% 147,575
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.5% 137,848
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.3% 131,329
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.3% 130,508
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.4% 131,837
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.3% 130,144
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 3.4% 131,172
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.5% 137,075
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.6% 139,318
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.7% 143,921

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.