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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.4 percentage points in May 2017 to 7.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.7 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Brownsville peaked in July 2011 at 11.7% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.8% in January 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.7 percentage points. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.3% -0.1 -0.4
Texas 4.8% -0.2 +0.1
Brownsville 7.5% -0.4 +0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2017 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Brownsville, Texas, National

Brownsville, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Brownsville, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Brownsville peaked in August 2011 at 19,458. There are now 6,835 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 11,204 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,419. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 12,623 -766 +722

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
June
2017
4.4% 4.6%
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 7.5% 12,623
April
2017
4.4% 5.0% 7.9% 13,389
March
2017
4.5% 5.0% 7.9% 13,436
February
2017
4.7% 4.9% 8.0% 13,429
January
2017
4.8% 4.8% 7.6% 12,783
December
2016
4.7% 4.8% 7.5% 12,474
November
2016
4.6% 4.8% 7.3% 12,240
October
2016
4.8% 4.8% 7.3% 12,197
September
2016
4.9% 4.7% 7.4% 12,302
August
2016
4.9% 4.7% 7.3% 12,246
July
2016
4.9% 4.7% 7.3% 12,144

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.