Overall unemployment rate moved up to 6.1% with the biggest shift in Transportation & Utilities, which lost 600 roles, based on the most recently available information published in June 2022.

Total employment in the Brownsville-Harlingen, TX market declined by 699 jobs in May and the unemployment rate increased compared to the prior month by 20 bps to 6.1%. The national unemployment rate increased by 4 bps over the same time to 3.4%.

  • Brownsville-Harlingen, TX unemployment rate is 272 bps above the national rate which is a negative sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 200 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in May versus prior month by 7.6% 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 May 2022

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

  • Education & Healthcare: 45,100; +300
  • Government: 29,500; -100
  • Transportation & Utilities: 25,000; -600
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 17,500; +400
  • Business Services: 17,200; +100
  • Manufacturing: 6,500; no change
  • Financial Services: 4,900; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 3,500; +100
  • Other Jobs: 3,300; no change
  • IT & Development: 600; no change
Brownsville-Harlingen, TX Unemployment by Industry May 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through May 2022 (Data published June 2022 and reports created on June 29, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.