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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas fell 0.7 percentage points in July 2021 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in April 2020 at 12.8% and is now 7.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Texas 6.2% -0.3 -3.1
Dallas 5.3% -0.7 -3.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 April 2020 at 486,559. There are now 271,933 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 214,626 -26,489 -123,189

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 5.3% 214,626
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 6.0% 241,115
May
2021
5.8% 6.6% 6.1% 245,100
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 6.2% 249,977
March
2021
6.0% 6.9% 6.3% 250,511
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 6.2% 247,970
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 6.1% 245,686
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 6.1% 248,862
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 6.4% 256,205
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.5% 266,825
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 7.1% 282,668

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.