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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2022 to 6.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.4 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Brownsville peaked in April 2020 at 15.9% and is now 9.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Texas 4.3% -0.1 -1.9
Brownsville 6.7% -0.1 -2.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 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 25,524. There are now 13,804 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 11,720 -257 -3,840

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 4.3% 6.7% 11,720
March
2022
3.6% 4.4% 6.8% 11,977
February
2022
3.8% 4.7% 7.0% 12,341
January
2022
4.0% 4.8% 7.1% 12,468
December
2021
3.9% 4.8% 7.3% 12,712
November
2021
4.2% 4.9% 7.2% 12,663
October
2021
4.6% 5.0% 7.3% 12,703
September
2021
4.7% 5.1% 7.5% 13,048
August
2021
5.2% 5.4% 7.7% 13,523
July
2021
5.4% 5.6% 8.0% 14,065
June
2021
5.9% 5.9% 8.3% 14,606

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.