State, Local Jobless Rates Fall

AUSTIN (November 22, 2013) The statewide unemployment rate slipped to 6.2 percent in October and local rates fell as well, according to figures released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The statewide rate was 6.3 percent in September.

The jobless rate for metropolitan Waco fell from 6.0 percent in September to 5.8 percent in October. In October 2012, the rate was 5.9 percent.

The rate for the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area fell form 7.3 percent in September to 6.9 percent in October. In October 2012, the rate was 7.0 percent.

Local rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Data for both months was delayed from the original schedule because of the partial federal government shutdown.

TWC officials also rely on national figures from the U.S. Department of Labor.

The nationwide jobless rate for October was 7.3 percent.

Midland had the lowest statewide jobless rate in October at 3.1 percent while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest average unemployment in Texas last month at 10.1 percent.

“The Texas economy continues to move forward, with every major industry in the state showing positive growth over the last year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.

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