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Texas Jobless Rate Increases To 8.2 Percent

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AUSTIN(AP) – The Texas Workforce Commission says unemployment increased slightly to 8.2 percent in November, despite an overall increase of 19,100 jobs.

The October metro jobless rate for Texas was 8.1 percent.

TWC says professional and business services gained 5,600 jobs in November, adding 61,200 from a year ago. The leisure and hospitality sectors grew by 4,700 positions last month.

Manufacturing lost 6,000 positions in November, though the total number of jobs gained overall was 22,700.

The Texas jobless rate continued to track below the national rate of 9.8 percent.

Midland maintained the state’s lowest metro unemployment rate at 5.3 percent for November. The highest rate was still the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission region, at 12 percent.

The local rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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