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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.0 percentage points in February 2018 to 6.3%. 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 5.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 6.1% in October 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Texas 4.0% 0.0 -0.7
Brownsville 6.3% 0.0 -1.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2018 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 19,458. There are now 8,911 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 10,038 in November 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 509. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 10,547 +99 -2,882

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
March
2018
4.1%
February
2018
4.1% 4.0% 6.3% 10,547
January
2018
4.1% 4.0% 6.3% 10,448
December
2017
4.1% 4.0% 6.2% 10,238
November
2017
4.1% 3.9% 6.1% 10,038
October
2017
4.1% 3.9% 6.1% 10,067
September
2017
4.2% 4.0% 6.7% 11,187
August
2017
4.4% 4.0% 7.1% 11,781
July
2017
4.3% 4.1% 6.9% 11,402
June
2017
4.3% 4.2% 7.4% 12,290
May
2017
4.3% 4.4% 7.5% 12,614
April
2017
4.4% 4.5% 7.9% 13,389

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.