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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas rose 1.2 percentage points in March 2020 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in September 2009 at 8.5% and is now 4.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.2% in May 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.9 +0.6
Texas 5.1% +1.6 +1.6
Dallas 4.4% +1.2 +1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with March 2020 data as April 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 98,987 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 126,237 in June 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 46,355. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 172,592 +45,431 +41,587

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
April
2020
14.7% 12.8%
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.4% 172,592
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 127,161
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 127,899
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 129,028
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 129,211
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.2% 129,156
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 128,882
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 128,218
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.2% 127,134
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.2% 126,237
May
2019
3.6% 3.4% 3.2% 126,541

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.