Unemployment rate continues downward trend

HARLINGEN — The city’s unemployment rate, reported for February, shows it matched the April 2015 number, which is the lowest it has been since early 2008.

At 5.5 percent, that is a tick better than the January figure of 5.6 percent.

That compares to the 2015 numbers of 6.5 percent for January and 5.9 percent for February.

The trend is happening all across the state and country.

Harlingen’s rate is just slightly higher than the United States rate of 5.2, which was down from the January 5.6 percent number.

Overall, the not seasonally adjusted numbers in the Rio GrandeValley also are down slightly. The Brownsville-Harlingen metropolitan statistical area dropped to 6.8 in February, down from 7.1 in January. A year ago, it was 7.4 percent.

The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area also dropped significantly, to 7.5, down from 8.1 in January. A year ago, the unemployment rate was 8.0 percent.

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