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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Houston fell 0.6 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.1 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Houston peaked in April 2020 at 14.7% and is now 0.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Houston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Texas 13.0% -0.5 +9.6
Houston 14.1% -0.6 +10.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Houston, Texas, National

Houston, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Houston, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Houston in May 2020 is at a new high of 469,055. Houston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Houston, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 469,055 +1,010 +342,658

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
July
2020
10.2%
June
2020
11.1% 8.6%
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 14.1% 469,055
April
2020
14.7% 13.5% 14.7% 468,045
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 5.7% 193,401
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 131,552
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.8% 131,106
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 131,756
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 131,084
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.8% 130,268
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.8% 129,370
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 3.7% 128,287

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.