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Lubbock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lubbock fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2018 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Lubbock peaked in February 2010 at 6.4% and is now 3.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Lubbock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Texas 4.1% +0.1 -0.4
Lubbock 3.3% -0.1 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 data as May 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 4,185 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,748 in October 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 619. Lubbock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lubbock, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lubbock 5,367 -229 -93

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lubbock, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 4.1%
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.3% 5,367
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.4% 5,596
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.1% 5,133
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.1% 4,944
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 3.0% 4,925
November
2017
4.1% 3.9% 3.0% 4,837
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 2.9% 4,748
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 3.0% 4,853
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 3.1% 5,001
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 3.1% 4,965
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 3.1% 4,983

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.