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Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Houston fell 0.1 percentage points in September 2022 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Houston peaked in April 2020 at 13.6% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Houston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Texas 4.0% -0.1 -1.1
Houston 4.4% -0.1 -1.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 peaked in May 2020 at 446,535. There are now 291,120 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Houston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Houston, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 155,415 -1,957 -43,561

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.4% 155,415
August
2022
3.7% 4.1% 4.5% 157,372
July
2022
3.5% 4.0% 4.5% 158,623
June
2022
3.6% 4.1% 4.6% 160,500
May
2022
3.6% 4.2% 4.7% 163,394
April
2022
3.6% 4.3% 4.8% 167,445
March
2022
3.6% 4.4% 5.0% 173,599
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 5.3% 181,652
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 5.4% 185,857
December
2021
3.9% 4.8% 5.6% 191,906
November
2021
4.2% 4.9% 5.5% 191,187

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.