Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of October of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.2% higher than in September. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 2.0% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in Illinois and 4.7% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Texas using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in September 2022.

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#50. Hutchinson County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
– Total labor force: 8,087 (362 unemployed)

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#49. Live Oak County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
– Total labor force: 4,698 (211 unemployed)

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#48. Scurry County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.6%
– Total labor force: 5,768 (258 unemployed)

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#47. Walker County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.5%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.2%
– Total labor force: 23,282 (1,058 unemployed)

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#46. Brazoria County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.6%
– Total labor force: 184,878 (8,506 unemployed)

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#45. Grimes County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 10,924 (504 unemployed)

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#44. Red River County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.6%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 5,388 (246 unemployed)

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#43. Dawson County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
– Total labor force: 4,374 (205 unemployed)

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#42. Nueces County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.6%
– Total labor force: 162,875 (7,678 unemployed)

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#41. Real County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.7%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 1,064 (50 unemployed)

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#40. Garza County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -1.0%
— 1 year change: +0.4%
– Total labor force: 1,976 (95 unemployed)

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#39. Kleberg County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
– Total labor force: 12,816 (618 unemployed)

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#38. Marion County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.8%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.4%
– Total labor force: 4,233 (205 unemployed)

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#37. Cochran County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 1,038 (51 unemployed)

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#36. Kinney County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.9%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: 0.0%
– Total labor force: 1,175 (57 unemployed)

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#35. Kenedy County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.0%
— 1 month change: +0.2%
— 1 year change: -1.4%
– Total labor force: 179 (9 unemployed)

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#34. San Jacinto County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.0%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
– Total labor force: 11,977 (602 unemployed)

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#33. Sutton County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.0%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
– Total labor force: 1,080 (54 unemployed)

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#32. Wilbarger County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.0%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -0.8%
– Total labor force: 4,673 (233 unemployed)

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#31. Leon County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.2%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
– Total labor force: 6,067 (315 unemployed)

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#30. Hardin County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.3%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
– Total labor force: 24,711 (1,320 unemployed)

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#29. Jim Hogg County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.3%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
– Total labor force: 1,787 (95 unemployed)

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#28. Trinity County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.3%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.4%
– Total labor force: 5,205 (278 unemployed)

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#27. Aransas County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.4%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
– Total labor force: 9,248 (498 unemployed)

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#26. Crane County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.4%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
– Total labor force: 1,557 (84 unemployed)

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#25. Freestone County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.4%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -1.0%
– Total labor force: 6,131 (333 unemployed)

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#24. Chambers County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.5%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -2.0%
– Total labor force: 21,107 (1,163 unemployed)

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#23. Polk County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.7%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.4%
– Total labor force: 18,401 (1,045 unemployed)

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#22. Cameron County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.8%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 173,872 (10,108 unemployed)

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#21. Tyler County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.8%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
– Total labor force: 7,439 (432 unemployed)

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#20. Brooks County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.0%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
– Total labor force: 2,426 (145 unemployed)

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#19. Liberty County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.0%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -2.0%
– Total labor force: 35,385 (2,107 unemployed)

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#18. Orange County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.0%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -2.2%
– Total labor force: 34,651 (2,069 unemployed)

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#17. Jim Wells County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.1%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
– Total labor force: 15,228 (933 unemployed)

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#16. Bee County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.3%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.6%
– Total labor force: 8,671 (547 unemployed)

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#15. Presidio County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.3%
— 1 month change: -1.4%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
– Total labor force: 3,111 (196 unemployed)

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#14. San Augustine County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.3%
— 1 month change: -0.7%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
– Total labor force: 2,965 (188 unemployed)

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#13. San Patricio County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.3%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -1.7%
– Total labor force: 29,090 (1,838 unemployed)

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#12. Jasper County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.5%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
– Total labor force: 12,726 (821 unemployed)

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#11. Jefferson County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.6%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
– Total labor force: 100,613 (6,650 unemployed)

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#10. Matagorda County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.6%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -0.9%
– Total labor force: 16,153 (1,067 unemployed)

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#9. Hidalgo County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.7%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 368,071 (24,661 unemployed)

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#8. Morris County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.9%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
– Total labor force: 4,370 (303 unemployed)

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#7. Newton County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.9%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
– Total labor force: 4,830 (334 unemployed)

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#6. Sabine County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.9%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.4%
– Total labor force: 3,985 (274 unemployed)

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#5. Maverick County

– Current unemployment rate: 7.2%
— 1 month change: -0.8%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
– Total labor force: 22,511 (1,616 unemployed)

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#4. Zapata County

– Current unemployment rate: 7.2%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -3.5%
– Total labor force: 4,479 (324 unemployed)

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#3. Willacy County

– Current unemployment rate: 8.1%
— 1 month change: -1.2%
— 1 year change: -1.3%
– Total labor force: 7,040 (571 unemployed)

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#2. Zavala County

– Current unemployment rate: 8.7%
— 1 month change: -0.9%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
– Total labor force: 3,195 (277 unemployed)

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#1. Starr County

– Current unemployment rate: 11.5%
— 1 month change: -1.5%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
– Total labor force: 23,483 (2,712 unemployed)