Texas Jobless Rate Falls Again, To 8.1 Percent

AUSTIN (AP) – The unemployment rate in Texas has continued a steady decline to 8.1 percent in November.

Figures the Texas Workforce Commission released Friday show the rate as an improvement over October’s 8.4 percent and below the national jobless rate of 8.6 percent.

Commission Chairman Tom Pauken says Texas gained 22,700 private sector jobs in November and 289,900 over 12 months.

Nine of 11 major industries added jobs last month with leisure and hospitality out front with 5,600 new positions.

The financial activities industry expanded with 4,800 jobs while manufacturing increased by 3,900 new positions.

Commissioner Ronny Congleton says the growth in major industries encouraging.

The Brownsville-Harlingen area had the highest unemployment rate at 11.2 percent while the lowest, at 4.1 percent, was in the Midland area.

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One Comment

  1. CSB says:

    8.1. Yippee…

  2. Jeanene says:

    You give the public a false sense when you reported that unemployment is getting better. Did you know that thousands of people were denied benefits this week because their benefits have run out. Did you know that the few jobs created are mostly $10 and under per hour? Statistics also include holiday help or part-time workers? Or that the illegals have taken the jobs? Please research your topics before airing incorrect information

  3. altha says:

    Everybody in the State of Texas that’s out of a job need to get together and do something, let your VOICE be herd.

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