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McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for McAllen fell 1.0 percentage points in May 2021 to 10.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.0 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in McAllen peaked in April 2020 at 18.4% and is now 7.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.1% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare McAllen unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Texas 6.5% -0.2 -5.1
McAllen 10.5% -1.0 -6.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: McAllen, Texas, National

McAllen, Texas monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

McAllen, Texas Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in McAllen peaked in April 2020 at 63,702. There are now 25,812 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 36,502 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,388. McAllen employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in McAllen, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
McAllen 37,890 -3,744 -21,188

Number of Unemployed Persons

McAllen, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
McAllen
Unemployment Rate
McAllen
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 6.5% 10.5% 37,890
April
2021
6.1% 6.7% 11.5% 41,634
March
2021
6.0% 6.9% 11.5% 41,872
February
2021
6.2% 6.9% 11.6% 42,088
January
2021
6.3% 6.8% 10.7% 38,383
December
2020
6.7% 6.9% 10.8% 38,787
November
2020
6.7% 7.2% 11.0% 39,802
October
2020
6.9% 7.3% 11.3% 41,288
September
2020
7.8% 7.9% 11.9% 43,282
August
2020
8.4% 6.9% 10.1% 36,502
July
2020
10.2% 9.3% 13.5% 49,640

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.