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Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Dallas fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2021 to 4.5%. 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 12.8% and is now 8.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Dallas unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Texas 5.2% -0.2 -2.0
Dallas 4.5% -0.2 -1.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 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 486,559. There are now 300,523 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Dallas employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Dallas, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Dallas 186,036 -6,333 -70,169

Number of Unemployed Persons

Dallas, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployment Rate
Dallas
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.2% 4.5% 186,036
October
2021
4.6% 5.4% 4.7% 192,369
September
2021
4.7% 5.6% 4.9% 198,149
August
2021
5.2% 5.9% 5.1% 206,853
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 5.3% 214,736
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 6.0% 241,115
May
2021
5.8% 6.6% 6.1% 245,100
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 6.8% 6.1% 245,686

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.