Overall unemployment rate moved down to 6.4% with the biggest shift in Government, which gained 700 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the Brownsville-Harlingen, TX market rose by 262 jobs in August and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 40 bps to 6.4%. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX unemployment rate is 261 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 150 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 5.9% and are up compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.4% . Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 45,700; +200
  • Government: 28,400; +700
  • Transportation & Utilities: 25,500; +100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 17,600; -300
  • Business Services: 17,200; -100
  • Manufacturing: 6,600; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,900; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 3,500; no change
  • Other Jobs: 3,300; no change
  • IT & Development: 700; no change
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.