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Waco, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Waco fell 1.1 percentage points in August 2020 to 5.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.6 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Waco peaked in April 2020 at 11.1% and is now 5.9 percentage points lower. You can also compare Waco unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Texas 6.8% -1.2 +3.3
Waco 5.2% -1.1 +2.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September 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 5,811 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Waco employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Waco, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Waco 6,879 -1,005 +2,799

Number of Unemployed Persons

Waco, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployment Rate
Waco
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9%
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 5.2% 6,879
July
2020
10.2% 8.0% 6.3% 7,884
June
2020
11.1% 8.4% 6.4% 7,961
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 10.1% 12,150
April
2020
14.7% 13.5% 11.1% 12,690
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 5.0% 6,232
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 4,179
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.3% 4,172
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 4,197
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.3% 4,179
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.3% 4,154

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.