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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 2021 to 6.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Dallas peaked in April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Texas 6.9% +0.1 +3.2
Dallas 6.9% -0.1 +3.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 486,954. There are now 210,348 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 249,299 in October 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 27,307. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 276,606 -4,462 +149,445

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 6.9% 276,606
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 7.0% 281,068
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 6.7% 268,752
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 7.4% 298,743
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.2% 249,299
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 7.5% 302,244
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 6.3% 254,562
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 7.5% 291,891
June
2020
11.1% 10.2% 8.1% 317,709
May
2020
13.3% 11.6% 12.6% 484,769
April
2020
14.8% 12.9% 13.2% 486,954

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.