Overall unemployment rate moved down to 5.9% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in June 2022.

Total employment in the Brownsville-Harlingen, TX market declined by 1,390 jobs in April and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 20 bps to 5.9%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 42 bps over the same time to 3.3%.

  • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX unemployment rate is 256 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 250 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in April versus prior month by 2% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Unemployment April 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.3% . Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 44,900; +100
  • Government: 29,600; +300
  • Transportation & Utilities: 25,400; -200
  • Business Services: 17,200; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 17,100; +100
  • Manufacturing: 6,500; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,900; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 3,500; +100
  • Other Jobs: 3,300; +100
  • IT & Development: 600; no change
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Unemployment by Industry April 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through April 2022 (Data published June 2022 and reports created on June 1, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.