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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 July 2019 to 3.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Houston peaked in December 2009 at 8.6% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Houston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Texas 3.4% 0.0 -0.4
Houston 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 247,725. There are now 122,930 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Houston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Houston, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 124,795 -2,192 -17,172

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.4%
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.6% 124,795
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 126,987
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.8% 130,879
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 4.0% 135,995
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 4.1% 139,820
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 4.1% 141,581
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 4.1% 140,922
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 4.1% 139,252
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 4.1% 138,896
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 4.1% 138,322

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.