Texas, Local Jobless Rates Decline

AUSTIN (December 21, 2012)—The statewide unemployment rate was 6.2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October and 6.8 percent in September, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

Local rates were down, too.

Waco’s rate dropped from 5.9 percent in October to 5.6 percent in November. In November 2011 the rate was 6.8 percent.

The Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood rate was 6.5 percent in November, down from 7.0 percent in October and 7.8 percent in November 2011.

Local rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Commissioner Ronny Congleton said Texas is showing sustained economic strength.

The nationwide unemployment rate last month fell to 7.7 percent, a four-year low, from 7.9 percent in October.

The Midland area had the lowest statewide jobless rate fo Rr November at 3 percent.

The Brownsville-Harlingen area had the state's highest unemployment at 9.7 percent.

TWC officials say Texas employers added 22,100 total nonfarm jobs in November for a total of 278,800 jobs added over the year.

“Private sector employers continue to lead the way to growth and prosperity in Texas,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Tom Pauken.

“We’ve seen 266,400 private sector jobs added in Texas over the past year, and we’re maintaining a 3.0 percent annual growth rate.”

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