Based on the latest preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of June 2021, Austin ranks No. 1 for lowest unemployment rate among the top 25 largest U.S. cities, tied with New York City.

  • Following Austin and New York City (4.5%) are Charlotte (5.1%), San Diego (5.1%), and Philadelphia (5.4%).
  • Where other Texas cities rank: Dallas is No. 6 (5.5%), Fort Worth is No. 7 (5.7%), San Antonio is No. 13 (6.7%), Houston is No. 20 (9.4%), and El Paso is No. 23 (10.5%).

FULL LIST

The top 25 largest U.S. cities with the lowest unemployment rates are:

T-1. Austin (4.5%)
T-1. New York, NY (4.5)
T-3. Charlotte, NC (5.1)
T-3. San Diego, CA (5.1)
5. Philadelphia, PA (5.4)
6. Dallas, TX (5.5)
T-7. Fort Worth, TX (5.7)
T-7. Nashville, TN (5.7)
T-7. Chicago, IL (5.7)
10. Detroit, MI (6.0)
11. Columbus, OH (6.3)
12. Indianapolis, IN (6.4)
T-13. San Antonio, TX (6.7)
T-13. Memphis, TN (6.7)
15. San Jose, CA (6.9)
16. Baltimore, MD (7.1)
T-17. Boston, MA (7.2)
T-17. Los Angeles, CA (7.2)
19. Seattle, WA (8.4)
20. Houston, TX (9.4)
21. Phoenix, AZ (9.5)
22. Washington, DC (10.1)
23. El Paso, TX (10.5)
T-24. Jacksonville, FL (10.7)
T-24. San Francisco, CA (10.7)

Of note: In June 2021, the Austin metro’s 4.8% unemployment rate ranked tenth lowest among all large metros.

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