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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2017 to 6.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.3 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Brownsville peaked in July 2011 at 11.7% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Texas 3.8% -0.1 -1.0
Brownsville 6.1% 0.0 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December 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 9,416 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 10,042 -25 -2,198

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.8% 6.1% 10,042
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 6.1% 10,067
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 6.7% 11,187
August
2017
4.4% 4.2% 7.1% 11,781
July
2017
4.3% 4.3% 6.9% 11,402
June
2017
4.3% 4.6% 7.4% 12,290
May
2017
4.3% 4.8% 7.5% 12,614
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

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.