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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 October 2018 to 3.9%. 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 8.5% and is now 4.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Houston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 3.7% -0.1 -0.2
Houston 3.9% -0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 114,690 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Houston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Houston, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 134,860 -2,923 -17,662

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.9% 134,860
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 4.0% 137,783
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 4.1% 138,138
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 4.1% 139,727
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 4.3% 147,135
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 4.4% 151,225
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 4.6% 157,500
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.7% 159,062
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.7% 157,926
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 4.6% 154,999
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 4.6% 152,708

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.