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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.7 percentage points in May 2020 to 16.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 3.9 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Brownsville peaked in April 2020 at 17.6% and is now 0.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Texas 13.0% -0.5 +9.6
Brownsville 16.9% -0.7 +11.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 27,433. There are now 222 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 27,211 -222 +18,392

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 16.9% 27,211
April
2020
14.7% 13.5% 17.6% 27,433
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 8.2% 13,747
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 5.7% 9,510
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 5.6% 9,485
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 5.7% 9,580
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 5.6% 9,463
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 5.6% 9,336
September
2019
3.5% 3.5% 5.5% 9,203
August
2019
3.7% 3.5% 5.4% 9,061
July
2019
3.7% 3.5% 5.3% 8,917

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.