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Waco, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waco fell 0.7 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Waco peaked in April 2020 at 10.7% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. You can also compare Waco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Texas 6.2% -0.3 -3.1
Waco 4.9% -0.7 -2.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 12,786. There are now 6,450 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Waco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Waco, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Waco 6,336 -992 -2,553

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waco, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 6.2% 4.9% 6,336
June
2021
5.9% 6.5% 5.6% 7,328
May
2021
5.8% 6.6% 5.8% 7,468
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 5.8% 7,584
March
2021
6.0% 6.9% 5.8% 7,572
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 5.7% 7,420
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 5.6% 7,277
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 5.6% 7,239
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 5.7% 7,397
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 5.8% 7,611
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.2% 7,887

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.