McAllen's Unemployment Rate Rises; Remains Lowest in RGV

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From the Texas Workforce Commission: McAllen’s unemployment rate for June rose almost a full percentage point, reflecting a state-wide upward trend where joblessness was up in almost every city and metro area in Texas.  The newest numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission released Friday show the City of McAllen increased its unemployment rate from 7.8 percent in May to 8.7 in June. That’s also higher than 8.0 percent in June a year ago. The City of McAllen’s unemployment rate for June was the second lowest among all border cities in the state (only Laredo was lower), just a bit lower than the state rate and lower than cities such as Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth and Beaumont. The TWC also reported that the City of McAllen had 58,109 people employed, slightly more than May and more than a year ago. Regionally, the city of Corpus Christi recorded 8.1 percent unemployment rate, Laredo stood at 8.6 percent and San Antonio at 7.9 percent. In April, Midland had the lowest unemployment rate in the state among cities at 5.2 percent. Port Arthur recorded the highest at 16.3 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission MSA (Hidalgo County) unemployment rate for March was 13.0% and the Brownsville-Harlingen MSA (Cameron County) checked in at 12.0%. Texas’ statewide rate was 8.8%. The McAllen MSA had 270,760 people employed in April, according to TWC.

CITY                     JUNE               MAY McAllen                      8.7%            7.8% Edinburg                  10.0%            8.8% Mission                     10.9%            9.9% Harlingen                 11.6%            9.9% San Benito               11.6%           10.0% Pharr                        11.6%          10.6% Weslaco                   13.1%           12.7% Brownsville             13.2%           12.2%