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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 February 2019 to 4.2%. 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 December 2009 at 8.5% and is now 4.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.9% in October 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Houston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Texas 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Houston 4.2% -0.1 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 March 2010 at 249,550. There are now 106,277 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 134,795 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,478. Houston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Houston, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 143,273 -3,827 -14,653

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.8%
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 4.2% 143,273
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.3% 147,100
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.1% 142,205
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.9% 135,214
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.9% 134,795
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.0% 137,783
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.1% 138,138
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 4.1% 139,727
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 4.3% 147,135
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 4.4% 151,225
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.6% 157,500

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.