Unemployment Rate in Valley Significantly Higher Than National Average

Posted: Updated: Dec 29, 2017 04:33 PM

WESLACO – There are roughly 33,000 unemployed people living in the Rio Grande Valley.

It could be your friend, neighbor, parents or even your children struggling to find a job, struggling to put food on their tables.

In the last few months of 2017, the national unemployment rate was 4.1 percent.

However, in the Valley, our average is anything but consistent. The fluctuating unemployment rate increased 0.5 percent.

In Nov. 2017, Cameron County clocked in at a 5.8 percent unemployment rate, the lowest in the entire Rio Grande Valley.

Hidalgo County registered at 6.2 percent; roughly 21,000 people are currently unemployed. That’s more people unemployed than the entire population of the city of Alamo.

The data collected by the Texas Workforce Solutions noted an increase in unemployment from Oct. 2017 to Nov. 2017 in all four counties.

Willacy County averaged 8.6 percent and Starr County’s average more than double the national average hitting 9.2 percent.

Though there has been a significant decrease since 2016 in the unemployment rate, thousands are still without a job.

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