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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2021 to 9.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.1 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Brownsville peaked in April 2020 at 16.9% and is now 7.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 8.7% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.1 percentage points. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Texas 6.7% -0.2 -6.2
Brownsville 9.8% 0.0 -7.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 April 2020 at 27,537. There are now 10,833 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 14,866 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,838. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 16,704 +5 -10,833

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 9.8% 16,704
March
2021
6.0% 6.9% 9.8% 16,699
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 9.7% 16,508
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 9.5% 16,205
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 9.5% 16,255
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 9.8% 16,592
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 9.9% 17,109
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 10.5% 17,830
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 8.7% 14,866
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 11.9% 20,020
June
2020
11.1% 10.2% 11.8% 20,071

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.