As unemployment slowly declines across the country and in Texas, the Valley saw a sharp jump in the jobless rate in January. Unemployment in both major metro areas shot up a full percent.
The increase raised the unemployment rate in the Brownsville-Harlingen area to 10.5%, and up to 11.9% in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area. Statewide, the January jobless rate dipped .1% to 6.8%. It was the ninth straight month of job growth with 9 of the 11 industries measured by the Texas Workforce Commission adding jobs.
The Professional and Business Services industry led the way in new hiring. The Manufacturing sector, however, took the biggest hit, with 2,700 jobs lost last month.