Local Jobless Rates Drop, State Rate Unchanged

AUSTIN (April 19, 2013)--The state’s unemployment rate remained unchanged at 6.4 percent in March, but local rates fell slightly.

Waco’s jobless rate fell from 6.1 percent in February to 6.0 percent in March. In March 2012 it was 6.7 percent.

The unemployment rate for the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area fell from 7.1 percent in February to 6.9 percent in March. In March 2012 it was 7.6 percent.

Local rates aren’t seasonally adjusted.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday the statewide rate is down from the 7 percent unemployment figure from a year ago.

The commission also readjusted the number of jobs the state has added over the past year.

It reported in March the number was about 359,800 but corrected it downward to 329,500.

The state unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 7.6 percent.

Employment in the leisure and hospitality industry has grown by 67,000 jobs over the past year, more than any other industry in the state.

“In the last twelve months, the private sector added more than 317,000 jobs, and every major industry recorded positive annual growth,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar.

Midland recorded the lowest unemployment rate for March at 3.1 percent while the highest rate was in the McAllen-Mission area at 10.6 percent.

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