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Waco, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waco fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Waco peaked in January 2010 at 7.6% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in August 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Waco 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
Waco 3.4% 0.0 -0.2
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: Waco, Texas, National

Waco, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Waco, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Waco peaked in September 2011 at 9,186. There are now 4,927 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,176 in August 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 83. Waco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Waco, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Waco 4,259 +8 -264

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waco, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 3.4% 4,259
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 3.4% 4,251
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 3.3% 4,176
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 3.4% 4,261
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 3.6% 4,560
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 3.7% 4,705
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 3.9% 4,891
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.8% 4,822
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.8% 4,731
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 3.7% 4,618
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 3.7% 4,570

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.