Local Jobless Rates Drop Slightly, State Rate Unchanged

AUSTIN (August 16, 2013)—Local unemployment rates dropped slightly in July while the state rate remained unchanged, according to the latest job numbers released Friday.

The statewide rate was 6.5 percent in July and virtually unchanged for a third consecutive month, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

The rate was 6.4 percent in the previous three months and 6.3 percent in January, the commission said.

Local rates, which aren’t seasonally adjusted, eased slightly.

The metro Waco jobless rate was 6.7 percent in July, down from 6.9 percent in June. In July 2012 it was 7.3 percent.

The Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood rate was 7.5 percent in July, down from 7.8 percent in June. In July 2012 it was 8.1 percent.

Nationally, unemployment for July was 7.4 percent, a slight drop from the 7.6 percent rate recorded in June.

State officials say the Texas economy added 19,900 nonfarming jobs in July, for a total of 293,000 positions added since July 2012.

“The private sector continues to lead the way for our state’s economy, adding more than 278,000 jobs over the last year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.

“Our 3.1 percent annual growth rate compares favorably to 2.1 percent for the private sector nationally.”

Midland had the state's lowest unemployment rate in July at 3.5 percent while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest rate at 11.3 percent.

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