Overall unemployment rate moved down to 6.1% with the biggest shift in Restaurants & Hotels, which gained 400 roles, based on the most recently available information published in April 2022.

Total employment in the Brownsville-Harlingen, TX market rose by 2,285 jobs in March and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 120 bps to 6.1%. The national unemployment rate decreased by 39 bps over the same time to 3.8%.

  • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX unemployment rate is 235 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 280 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in March versus prior month by 5.3% 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 March 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs grew by 0.6% . Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 44,800; +200
  • Government: 29,400; +100
  • Transportation & Utilities: 25,500; no change
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 17,200; +400
  • Business Services: 17,200; +100
  • Manufacturing: 6,500; +100
  • Financial Services: 4,900; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 3,400; no change
  • Other Jobs: 3,200; no change
  • IT & Development: 600; no change
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Unemployment by Industry March 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through March 2022 (Data published April 2022 and reports created on April 27, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.