Overall unemployment rate moved down to 6.8% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 300 roles, based on the most recently available information published in August 2022.

Total employment in the Brownsville-Harlingen, TX market rose by 359 jobs in July and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 10 bps to 6.8%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 5 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX unemployment rate is 302 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 160 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in July versus prior month by 1.1% 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 July 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.2%. Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 45,300; no change
  • Government: 27,700; -300
  • Transportation & Utilities: 25,400; -200
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 17,800; +200
  • Business Services: 17,400; +100
  • Manufacturing: 6,600; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,900; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 3,500; no change
  • Other Jobs: 3,300; -100
  • IT & Development: 700; no change
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Unemployment by Industry July 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through July 2022 (Data published August 2022 and reports created on September 2, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.