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Unemployment Rate Falls In Austin, Throughout Texas
The unemployment rate in the Austin/Round Rock area has dropped again.
It was 4.9 percent in November compared to 5.3 percent in October and 6.3 percent a year ago.
The state unemployment rate fell to 6.2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October. The national rate is 7.7 percent.
“Texas employers have added 278,800 jobs over the past 12 months with growth in 10 of 11 industry sectors during that period,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar.
Eight out of 11 major industries in Texas added jobs in November. Trade, transportation and utilities led the way with 20,600 jobs added over the month.
“Texas is showing sustained economic strength, and our unemployment rate is now the lowest that it has been since December 2008,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton.
The Midland area had the lowest November unemployment rate in the state at 3 percent. Odessa came in second at 3.6 percent and Amarillo third at 4.1 percent.
Brownsville-Harlingen has the highest unemployment rate at 9.7 percent. McAllen/Edinburg/Mission's rate was 9.6 percent.