State, Local Jobless Rates Remain About The Same

AUSTIN (May 17, 2013)--The state’s unemployment rate remained steady in April for the third straight month at 6.4 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

The April rate is a full point below the national rate of 7.5 percent.

Local rates were little changed, as well.

The rate for the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area was 6.9 percent in April, the same as in March. In April 2012, the rate was 7.2 percent.

Waco’s rate dropped slightly in April to 5.8 percent from 6.0 percent in March. In April 2012, it was 6.2, percent.

Midland continues to maintain the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3 percent, followed by Odessa at 3.7 percent.

The Metropolitan Statistical Area of McAllen-Edinburg-Mission continues to lead the state with an April high of 10.5 percent, followed by Brownsville-Harlingen at 9.9 percent.

Local rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The agency says the state's civilian labor force is at an all-time high with 12.7 million workers.

“The private sector continues to drive job growth here in Texas, adding more than 28,000 jobs in April, for a boost of more than 300,000 positions over the year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.

“I applaud the efforts of private sector employers to expand opportunities for Texas workers and encourage them to utilize TWC as a resource.”

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