Economic Indicators

Key Reference Points for Understanding the Dallas Region Economy

Top Line Indicators for the Dallas Region

Unemployment Rate
February 2021


Up 0.3 percentage points from January 2021. The Texas rate is 6.9% (March 2021).
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary, not seasonally adjusted
Employment Change
February 2021


Second lowest rate among the 12 biggest metros. Year-over-year loss of 142,900 jobs.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary, not seasonally adjusted
Mobility & Engagement Index
Week ending Mar. 27, 2021


Percent reduction in normal travel related to economic behavior (e.g. travelling to work; patronizing business).
Source: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Research Department


The Dallas Regional Chamber’s “Economy in Brief: Indicators for the Dallas Region” offers easily digestible insights into our economic landscape. The data points and analysis tools that support this report offer our business community 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 published April 12, 2021.




The DRC’s “COVID-19 Pandemic Baseline Indicators Report” highlights key community indicators and high-risk factors to consider as we deal with the global health crisis. The interactive report provides a snapshot of Dallas Region conditions prior to the outbreak to help guide our planning for eventual economic recovery.



Looking to better understand the people, companies, and industries that make up the Dallas Region? Use the the DRC’s Regional Economic Development Guide to get the complete picture. This guide is full of easily digestible information that will help you make informed decision about what’s here and where to grow.

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The DRC maintains a robust and dynamic research program that is a recognized voice for the Dallas Region’s business community. Our goal is to ensure that DRC leaders, the larger business community, and other decision makers readily have access to information resources that support economic development, education and workforce, talent attraction, and public policy.

DRC members receive exclusive access to the research team, who talk with members to learn about data and presentation needs to help craft a story. Members may contact the research team at If you are not a member, learn more about joining the DRC.