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Brownsville-Harlingen, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Brownsville fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 5.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in Brownsville peaked in June 2011 at 11.7% and is now 6.4 percentage points lower. You can also compare Brownsville unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Texas 3.4% 0.0 -0.4
Brownsville 5.3% -0.1 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 July 2011 at 19,440. There are now 10,665 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Brownsville employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Brownsville, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Brownsville 8,775 -130 -1,421

Number of Unemployed Persons

Brownsville, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployment Rate
Brownsville
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.4%
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 5.3% 8,775
June
2019
3.7% 3.4% 5.4% 8,905
May
2019
3.6% 3.5% 5.5% 9,181
April
2019
3.6% 3.7% 5.7% 9,505
March
2019
3.8% 3.8% 5.9% 9,773
February
2019
3.8% 3.8% 6.0% 9,892
January
2019
4.0% 3.8% 5.9% 9,819
December
2018
3.9% 3.7% 5.9% 9,727
November
2018
3.7% 3.7% 5.9% 9,690
October
2018
3.8% 3.7% 5.8% 9,658

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.