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Laredo, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Laredo fell 0.4 percentage points in January 2021 to 8.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Laredo peaked in May 2020 at 14.3% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.0% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Laredo unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Texas 6.8% -0.1 +3.2
Laredo 8.1% -0.4 +4.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Laredo, Texas, National

Laredo, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Laredo, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Laredo peaked in May 2020 at 16,251. There are now 6,871 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Laredo employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Laredo, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Laredo 9,380 -512 +4,917

Number of Unemployed Persons

Laredo, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Laredo
Unemployment Rate
Laredo
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.9%
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 8.1% 9,380
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 8.5% 9,892
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 9.5% 11,065
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 8.1% 9,450
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 9.6% 11,307
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 8.0% 9,529
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 9.1% 10,475
June
2020
11.1% 10.2% 9.2% 10,574
May
2020
13.3% 11.6% 14.3% 16,251
April
2020
14.8% 12.9% 13.7% 14,733

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.