For the second straight month, unemployment dropped in the Rio Grande Valley. The April unemployment rate fell .9% in the Brownsville-Harlingen metro area to 9.1%. That is about half the jobless rate a year ago at this time. In the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area, unemployment declined .8% to 10.3%.
Statewide last month, unemployment dipped .2% to 6.7% – also about half of the unemployment figure of a year ago. That’s even though 6 of the 11 key industries measured by the Texas Workforce Commission laid off workers. 13,600 jobs were lost in the construction industry alone. On the plus side, the Leisure and Hospitality sector had the highest number of new jobs with 14,100.