Unemployment rate in Texas is under the nation average at 6.6%.
Per County unemployment rate is going down in Metroplex area (except Dallas):
Collin County: 5.6%
Dallas County: 6.7%
Denton County: 5.5%
The number shows that unemployment rate in Texas in general and especially in counties fromMetroplex area is very close to the normal average unemployment rate in USA (3.5-4.5%). What I am seeing around here is a lot of traffic during rush hours and people working. And from the real estate angle: buyer demand have increased in 2012 while number of homes for sale continue to decrease. This means that home prices will increase very soon in Metroplex area.