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Waco, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waco fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2021 to 6.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Waco peaked in April 2020 at 11.1% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.2% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Waco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Texas 6.9% +0.1 +3.2
Waco 6.2% 0.0 +2.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 data as March 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 April 2020 at 12,690. There are now 4,685 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 6,901 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,104. Waco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Waco, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Waco 8,005 -5 +3,826

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waco, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 6.2% 8,005
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 6.2% 8,010
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 6.3% 8,104
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 6.8% 8,798
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 5.6% 7,171
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.5% 8,379
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 5.2% 6,901
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 6.3% 7,884
June
2020
11.1% 10.2% 6.4% 7,961
May
2020
13.3% 11.6% 10.1% 12,150
April
2020
14.8% 12.9% 11.1% 12,690

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.