Local Jobless Rates Continue To Rise

AUSTIN (August 15, 2014) Local jobless rates rose slightly in July for another month, according to figures that the Texas Workforce Commission released Friday that show the statewide rate remained steady at 5.1 percent

The Waco metro jobless rate rose to 5.8 percent in July, up from 5.6 in June, but lower than the 6.7 percent rate in July 2013.

The Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood rate rose to 6.4 percent in July, up from 6.2 percent in June, but lower than the 7.6 rate in July 2013.

Local rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Workforce Commission officials say the Texas economy showed steady growth in July, adding 46,600 seasonally-adjusted nonfarm jobs.

“Texas employers continue to propel the Texas economy’s expansion by adding 396,200 jobs over the last year, a 3.5 percent annual growth rate,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar.

“The Texas economic engine is strong, with every major industry posting positive annual growth in July.”

The Midland area had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas last month at 2.9 percent.

The July jobless rate for neighboring Odessa was 3.6 percent.

The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest statewide unemployment at 9.9 percent, according to TWC figures.

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