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Wichita Falls, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wichita Falls fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2021 to 6.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Wichita Falls peaked in April 2020 at 11.1% and is now 4.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.4% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.9 percentage points. You can also compare Wichita Falls unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Texas 6.5% -0.2 -5.1
Wichita Falls 6.3% -0.3 -3.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Wichita Falls, Texas, National

Wichita Falls, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wichita Falls, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wichita Falls peaked in April 2020 at 6,802. There are now 2,752 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,525 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 525. Wichita Falls employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wichita Falls, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Wichita Falls 4,050 -165 -1,739

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wichita Falls, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Wichita Falls
Unemployment Rate
Wichita Falls
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 6.5% 6.3% 4,050
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 6.6% 4,215
March
2021
6.0% 6.9% 6.7% 4,314
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 6.7% 4,335
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 6.7% 4,341
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 6.3% 4,017
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 6.4% 4,129
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 6.5% 4,260
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 6.8% 4,370
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 5.4% 3,525
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 7.4% 4,751

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.