State, Local Jobless Rates Drop

AUSTIN (October 19, 2012)—The Texas jobless rate fell sharply in September and local jobless rates dropped as well.

Waco’s rate dropped from 6.7 percent in August to 6.0 percent in September. In September 2011 it was 7.6 percent.

The Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood rate fell from 7.7 percent in August to 7.0 percent in September. In September 2011 it was 8.5 percent.

Local rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The statewide rate fell to 6.8 percent in September from 7.1 percent in August in the largest one-month drop in nearly 30 years.

The last time the Texas jobless rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point in one month was October-November 1983, when it fell to 7.0 percent.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that the state added 21,000 nonfarm jobs, led by a gain of 13,600 jobs in professional and business services.

“We saw encouraging signs in our state’s labor market in September and a decrease in the unemployment rate last month,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar.

“Texas continues to add jobs and we now have a record number of people employed in our state.”

The national unemployment rate in September was 7.8 percent.

The Midland area had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.3 percent, and nearby Odessa was second at 3.9 percent.

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