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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 November 2020 to 7.4%. 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 April 2020 at 13.2% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.2% in October 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.2 percentage points. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Texas 8.1% +1.2 +4.6
Dallas 7.4% +1.2 +4.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 188,552 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 49,103. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 298,402 +49,103 +169,191

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 7.4% 298,402
October
2020
6.9% 6.9% 6.2% 249,299
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 7.5% 302,244
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 6.3% 254,562
July
2020
10.2% 8.0% 7.5% 291,891
June
2020
11.1% 8.4% 8.1% 317,709
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 12.6% 484,769
April
2020
14.8% 13.5% 13.2% 486,954
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 4.7% 185,802
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 127,161
January
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.2% 127,899

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.