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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 July 2021 to 6.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Houston peaked in April 2020 at 14.4% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Houston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Texas 6.2% -0.3 -3.1
Houston 6.5% -0.6 -4.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 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 April 2020 at 473,259. There are now 252,322 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 220,937 -20,646 -145,521

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 6.5% 220,937
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 7.1% 241,583
May
2021
5.8% 6.6% 7.2% 241,943
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 7.8% 264,132
March
2021
6.0% 6.9% 7.9% 265,056
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 7.9% 263,164
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 7.8% 261,277
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 7.8% 264,355
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 8.0% 271,277
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 8.2% 281,060
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 9.3% 318,366

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.