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 May of this year, national unemployment is at 3.6%—as it was in both March and April, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.9% in Nebraska and Utah, to 5.3% in New Mexico and 5.8% 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 April 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Kenedy County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.52%
— 1 month change: +0.3%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 199 (9 unemployed)

#49. Brazoria County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.55%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
– Total labor force: 182,469 (8,295 unemployed)

#48. Dawson County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.55%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
– Total labor force: 4,596 (209 unemployed)

#47. Refugio County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.55%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
– Total labor force: 3,054 (139 unemployed)

#46. Harrison County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.55%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
– Total labor force: 28,321 (1,290 unemployed)

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#45. Yoakum County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.65%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -3.6%
– Total labor force: 3,247 (151 unemployed)

#44. Leon County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.66%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
– Total labor force: 6,272 (292 unemployed)

#43. Kleberg County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.66%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
– Total labor force: 13,367 (623 unemployed)

#42. San Jacinto County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.76%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
– Total labor force: 11,908 (567 unemployed)

#41. Nueces County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.77%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
– Total labor force: 163,709 (7,803 unemployed)

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#40. Wilbarger County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.77%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.2%
– Total labor force: 4,797 (229 unemployed)

#39. Cochran County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.79%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -0.4%
– Total labor force: 1,170 (56 unemployed)

#38. Ector County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.79%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -4.3%
– Total labor force: 80,983 (3,879 unemployed)

#37. Pecos County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.81%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
– Total labor force: 5,880 (283 unemployed)

#36. Howard County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.87%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -1.8%
– Total labor force: 13,410 (653 unemployed)

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#35. Mitchell County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.87%
— 1 month change: 0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
– Total labor force: 2,320 (113 unemployed)

#34. Marion County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.87%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.3%
– Total labor force: 4,208 (205 unemployed)

#33. Winkler County

– Current unemployment rate: 4.99%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -3.0%
– Total labor force: 3,669 (183 unemployed)

#32. Duval County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.05%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -4.1%
– Total labor force: 5,522 (279 unemployed)

#31. Aransas County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.09%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.2%
– Total labor force: 9,267 (472 unemployed)

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#30. Trinity County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.15%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.0%
– Total labor force: 5,374 (277 unemployed)

#29. Hardin County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.19%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
– Total labor force: 24,780 (1,285 unemployed)

#28. Freestone County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.30%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.1%
– Total labor force: 6,270 (332 unemployed)

#27. Chambers County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.60%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -3.0%
– Total labor force: 20,830 (1,166 unemployed)

#26. Crane County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.71%
— 1 month change: -0.6%
— 1 year change: -4.5%
– Total labor force: 1,559 (89 unemployed)

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#25. Tyler County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.75%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.7%
– Total labor force: 7,604 (437 unemployed)

#24. Sutton County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.76%
— 1 month change: +0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
– Total labor force: 1,111 (64 unemployed)

#23. Polk County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.84%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
– Total labor force: 18,174 (1,061 unemployed)

#22. Cameron County

– Current unemployment rate: 5.91%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.5%
– Total labor force: 175,739 (10,389 unemployed)

#21. Orange County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.04%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -3.1%
– Total labor force: 34,738 (2,098 unemployed)

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#20. Brooks County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.09%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -3.3%
– Total labor force: 2,481 (151 unemployed)

#19. San Augustine County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.15%
— 1 month change: +0.4%
— 1 year change: -2.4%
– Total labor force: 3,009 (185 unemployed)

#18. Liberty County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.16%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -3.5%
– Total labor force: 35,081 (2,161 unemployed)

#17. Jim Hogg County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.21%
— 1 month change: -0.2%
— 1 year change: -2.8%
– Total labor force: 1,820 (113 unemployed)

#16. Bee County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.31%
— 1 month change: +0.0%
— 1 year change: -2.7%
– Total labor force: 8,895 (561 unemployed)

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#15. Jim Wells County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.35%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -4.4%
– Total labor force: 15,406 (979 unemployed)

#14. Matagorda County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.39%
— 1 month change: +0.2%
— 1 year change: -1.9%
– Total labor force: 16,446 (1,051 unemployed)

#13. Jasper County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.47%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -3.2%
– Total labor force: 12,834 (831 unemployed)

#12. San Patricio County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.57%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.6%
– Total labor force: 29,512 (1,940 unemployed)

#11. Jefferson County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.61%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -3.8%
– Total labor force: 101,020 (6,682 unemployed)

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#10. Sabine County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.67%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -2.7%
– Total labor force: 3,959 (264 unemployed)

#9. Presidio County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.75%
— 1 month change: -0.3%
— 1 year change: -4.9%
– Total labor force: 3,157 (213 unemployed)

#8. Hidalgo County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.81%
— 1 month change: -0.1%
— 1 year change: -2.9%
– Total labor force: 369,525 (25,161 unemployed)

#7. Newton County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.96%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -3.9%
– Total labor force: 4,888 (340 unemployed)

#6. Morris County

– Current unemployment rate: 6.97%
— 1 month change: -0.4%
— 1 year change: -3.8%
– Total labor force: 4,390 (306 unemployed)

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#5. Zapata County

– Current unemployment rate: 8.77%
— 1 month change: +0.2%
— 1 year change: -3.4%
– Total labor force: 4,335 (380 unemployed)

#4. Willacy County

– Current unemployment rate: 9.27%
— 1 month change: +0.8%
— 1 year change: -1.5%
– Total labor force: 7,490 (694 unemployed)

#3. Zavala County

– Current unemployment rate: 9.55%
— 1 month change: +0.3%
— 1 year change: -3.5%
– Total labor force: 3,318 (317 unemployed)

#2. Maverick County

– Current unemployment rate: 9.77%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -4.6%
– Total labor force: 23,205 (2,268 unemployed)

#1. Starr County

– Current unemployment rate: 12.93%
— 1 month change: -0.5%
— 1 year change: -4.2%
– Total labor force: 24,624 (3,183 unemployed)

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