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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.1 percentage points in February 2019 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.2 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Brownsville peaked in December 2010 at 11.7% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.6% in November 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Texas 3.8% 0.0 -0.3
Brownsville 6.0% -0.1 -0.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 19,447. There are now 9,332 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 9,311 in November 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 804. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 10,115 -159 -545

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 3.8%
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 6.0% 10,115
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 6.1% 10,274
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 5.9% 9,870
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 5.6% 9,311
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 5.7% 9,453
September
2018
3.7% 3.7% 5.9% 9,773
August
2018
3.8% 3.7% 6.0% 9,904
July
2018
3.9% 3.8% 6.2% 10,309
June
2018
4.0% 3.8% 6.4% 10,689
May
2018
3.8% 3.9% 6.5% 10,803
April
2018
3.9% 4.0% 6.7% 11,182

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.