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Lubbock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lubbock fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 3.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Lubbock peaked in February 2010 at 6.4% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Lubbock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Texas 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Lubbock 3.1% -0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Lubbock, Texas, National

Lubbock, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Lubbock, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Lubbock peaked in November 2010 at 9,552. There are now 4,381 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,741 in July 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 430. Lubbock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lubbock, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Lubbock 5,171 -77 +38

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lubbock, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.8%
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 3.1% 5,171
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 3.2% 5,248
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 3.1% 5,212
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.0% 4,905
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 3.0% 4,922
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.0% 4,924
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 2.9% 4,794
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 2.9% 4,741
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 3.0% 4,890
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 3.1% 5,040
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.3% 5,353

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.