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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.2 percentage points in October 2018 to 5.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.0 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Brownsville peaked in December 2010 at 11.7% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Texas 3.7% -0.1 -0.2
Brownsville 5.7% -0.2 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 9,990 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 9,457 -316 -857

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.7% 5.7% 9,457
September
2018
3.7% 3.8% 5.9% 9,773
August
2018
3.9% 3.9% 6.0% 9,904
July
2018
3.9% 4.0% 6.2% 10,309
June
2018
4.0% 4.0% 6.4% 10,689
May
2018
3.8% 4.1% 6.5% 10,803
April
2018
3.9% 4.1% 6.7% 11,182
March
2018
4.1% 4.0% 6.5% 10,924
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 6.4% 10,660
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 6.3% 10,375
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 6.1% 10,116

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.