Overall unemployment rate moved up to 6.9% with the biggest shift in Government, which lost 1,600 roles, based on the most recently available information published in August 2022.

Total employment in the Brownsville-Harlingen, TX market declined by 976 jobs in June and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 90 bps to 6.9%. The national unemployment rate increased by 46 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX unemployment rate is 306 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 220 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in June versus prior month by 2.6% 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 June 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.1% . Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 45,300; +400
  • Government: 27,900; -1,600
  • Transportation & Utilities: 25,600; +600
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 17,600; +200
  • Business Services: 17,500; +300
  • Manufacturing: 6,500; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,900; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 3,500; no change
  • Other Jobs: 3,400; +100
  • IT & Development: 700; +100
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Unemployment by Industry June 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through June 2022 (Data published August 2022 and reports created on August 3, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.