There were big jumps in unemployment in the Rio Grande Valley and across the state last month, reversing the employment gains from October. The jobless rate in the Brownsville-Harlingen metro area jumped 1.9% from October to November, hiking the rate to 11.2%. Unemployment rose 2.2% in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area, pushing the rate to 12.5%.
Statewide, unemployment increased 1.2% last month to 8.1%. But the Texas Workforce Commission says the state still added almost 66,000 jobs in November, most of them in the Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector. However, jobs were cut in 4 of the other 11 sectors measured by the commission.