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Lubbock, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Lubbock fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.0%. 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 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Lubbock unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 3.7% -0.1 -0.2
Lubbock 3.0% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 4,623 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 188. Lubbock employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Lubbock, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Lubbock 4,929 +5 +181

Number of Unemployed Persons

Lubbock, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployment Rate
Lubbock
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.0% 4,929
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.0% 4,924
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 2.9% 4,794
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 2.9% 4,741
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 3.0% 4,890
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.1% 5,040
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.3% 5,353
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

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.