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Texas Added Jobs And Unemployment In August


Unemployment across Texas rose slightly to 5.3 percent in August.

The Texas Workforce Commission announced the rate increased from the 5.1 percent recorded in June and July. The national unemployment rate stood at 6.1 percent.

Through the course of the year, Texas employers have added 395,200 nonfarm jobs to their payrolls. Professional and business services added about 8,700 positions in August, while education and health services added 7,500 that month.

The Midland area had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas last month at 2.8 percent. North Texas held steady with a 5.5 percent unemployment rate for the last two months, but that's down from 6.3 percent last year.

The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest statewide unemployment at 9.8 percent, according to TWC figures.