Economic Indicators

Key Reference Points for Understanding the Dallas Region Economy

Top Line Indicators for the Dallas Region

Unemployment Rate
August 2021


Decrease of 0.6 percentage points from July 2021. The Texas rate for August 2021 is 5.9%.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary, not seasonally adjusted
Employment Change
September 2021


Year-over-year gain of 196,700 jobs. Total employment is 99.9% of pre-pandemic levels.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, preliminary, not seasonally adjusted
Consumer Spending
Week ending September 26, 2021


Increase over pre-pandemic spending in Dallas largely driven by the retail segment. Fort Worth spending is +21.8%.
Source: Opportunity Insights analysis of data provided by Affinity


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 October 22, 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.

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