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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 November 2021 to 5.6%. 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 14.4% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Houston unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.2% -0.4 -2.5
Texas 5.2% -0.2 -2.0
Houston 5.6% -0.1 -2.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2021 data as December 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 279,548 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Houston employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Houston, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Houston 193,711 -3,310 -77,566

Number of Unemployed Persons

Houston, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployment Rate
Houston
Unemployed
December
2021
3.9%
November
2021
4.2% 5.2% 5.6% 193,711
October
2021
4.6% 5.4% 5.7% 197,021
September
2021
4.7% 5.6% 5.8% 198,377
August
2021
5.2% 5.9% 5.9% 201,739
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 6.5% 220,877
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 7.1% 241,583
May
2021
5.8% 6.6% 7.2% 241,943
April
2021
6.0% 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
6.4% 6.8% 7.8% 261,277

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.