Jobless rate: 5.6%
Rate change from 2018: Up 0.1 percentage point
Over the last 10 years, the state of Texas has seen a steady decline in the unemployment rate.
Unfortunately, the cities within the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area — in the Rio Grande Valley region along the border with Mexico — have not followed the same trajectory. The region has an unemployment rate more than 2 percentage points above the state’s 3.4% rate.