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McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for McAllen rose 1.9 percentage points in November 2020 to 12.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 4.8 percentage points higher than the Texas rate. The unemployment rate in McAllen peaked in April 2020 at 19.0% and is now 6.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 10.4% in August 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.5 percentage points. You can also compare McAllen unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Texas 8.1% +1.2 +4.6
McAllen 12.9% +1.9 +6.4
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2020 data as December 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 63,793. There are now 17,694 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 37,962 in August 2020, the number of unemployed has now grown by 8,137. McAllen employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in McAllen, Texas) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
McAllen 46,099 +6,939 +22,740

Number of Unemployed Persons

McAllen, Texas Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Texas
Unemployment Rate
McAllen
Unemployment Rate
McAllen
Unemployed
December
2020
6.7%
November
2020
6.7% 8.1% 12.9% 46,099
October
2020
6.9% 6.9% 11.0% 39,160
September
2020
7.8% 8.3% 12.8% 46,385
August
2020
8.4% 6.8% 10.4% 37,962
July
2020
10.2% 8.0% 11.8% 41,947
June
2020
11.1% 8.4% 12.0% 41,830
May
2020
13.3% 13.0% 18.2% 63,790
April
2020
14.8% 13.5% 19.0% 63,793
March
2020
4.4% 5.1% 9.7% 34,396
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 6.5% 23,421
January
2020
3.5% 3.5% 6.5% 23,322

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.