Edinburg’s September 2014 Unemployment Rate of 6.1 Percent Among Best in Valley, Best September Monthly Report Since 2008
Edinburg’s unemployment rate for September 2014 was 6.1 percent, the best showing in the city for that month since September 2008, and the second-best figure for all cities in September 2014 in the Rio Grande Valley, the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation has announced.
For the month of September 2014, only McAllen (5.6 percent) had a better figure than Edinburg (6.1 percent), while the other major communities in the Valley had unemployment rates that ranged from 6.9 percent in Harlingen and in Mission to 8.1 percent in Brownsville. The Valley’s two other most populous cities also had unemployment rates for September 2014 in single-digits – Pharr (7.6 percent) and Weslaco (7.3 percent).
With the Valley’s seven most populous cities leading the way with unemployment rates in the single digits, an emphasis must remain on keeping and recruiting the best talent to fill the increasingly diverse job market in deep South Texas, said Mike Willis, Vice President, Office for Business Partnerships at Workforce Solutions/Lower Rio Grande Valley. “Unemployment rates across the region were significantly lower, decreasing .9 percent in Cameron County, 1.1 percent in Willacy County, 1.3 percent in Hidalgo County, and 1.7 percent in Starr County,” said Willis. “This is certainly good news for workforce development and for our communities, but this also means that our business community will be feeling a continuing challenge with recruiting and retaining the talent they need to operate.”