Economic Indicators

Understanding the Dallas Region Economy

Top Line Indicators for the Dallas Region

Unemployment Rate
March 2022


Decrease of 0.7 percentage points from February. The Texas rate for April 2022 is 4.3% and the U.S. rate for May 2022 is 3.6%.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary, not seasonally adjusted
Employment Change
April 2022


Year-over-year gain of 277,900 jobs. Total employment is 105.7% of pre-pandemic levels, a figure greater than all other large metros.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary, not seasonally adjusted
Consumer Spending
Week ending April 17, 2022


Increase over pre-pandemic spending in Dallas largely driven by the retail segment. Fort Worth spending was +16.4%.
Source: Opportunity Insights analysis of data provided by Affinity


“Economy in Brief: Indicators for the Dallas Region” offers insights into our economic landscape. The data points and analysis tools that support this report provide our business community with an assessment of current economic conditions to make informed decisions based on trends and projections. Our reporting includes measures of the impact of COVID-19 on our economy. Last updated May 23, 2022.




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