Unemployment drops to 6.2 percent in Texas

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Associated Press

Posted on December 22, 2012 at 8:02 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October and 7.3 percent at the start of the year, according to state job figures released Friday.

The figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday are well below the national rate of 7.7 percent. It was Texas' third straight monthly decline.

"Texas is showing sustained economic strength, and our unemployment rate is now the lowest that it has been since December 2008," said Ronny Congleton, the Texas Workforce commissioner representing labor.

The Texas Workforce Commission says the state's employers added 22,100 total nonfarm jobs in November for a total of 278,800 jobs added over the year. Eight out of 11 major industries in Texas added jobs in November. The trade, transportation and utilities industries led with 20,600 jobs added over the month.

Employment in the leisure and hospitality industry grew by 6,500 positions in November, the fourth consecutive month for growth. The industry has added 49,900 jobs since November 2011.

Education and health services added 4,700 jobs over the month, with 45,700 jobs added over the year.

The Midland area had the lowest jobless rate in the state for November at 3 percent. The Brownsville-Harlingen area had the state's highest unemployment at 9.7 percent.

Local rates are not seasonally adjusted.

The preliminary local jobless rates for November, with revised October numbers in parentheses, were:

—Abilene 4.6 (4.9)

—Amarillo 4.1 (4.3)

— Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos 4.9 (5.3)

—Beaumont-Port Arthur 9.2 (9.8)

—Brownsville-Harlingen 9.7 (10.1)

—College Station-Bryan 5.1 (5.3)

—Corpus Christi 5.4 (5.8)

—Dallas-Plano-Irving 5.8 (6.2)

—El Paso 8.2 (8.7)

—Fort Worth-Arlington 5.6 (6.1)

—Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 5.8 (6.2)

—Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood 6.5 (7)

—Laredo 6 (6.3)

—Longview 5.3 (5.7)

—Lubbock 4.6 (4.9)

—McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 9.6 (10.1)

—Midland 3 (3.2)

—Odessa 3.6 (3.9)

—San Angelo 4.5 (4.8)

—San Antonio-New Braunfels 5.6 (6)

—Sherman-Denison 6.1 (6.5)

—Texarkana 5.6 (6)

—Tyler 6.1 (6.5)

—Victoria 5.1 (5.3)

—Waco 5.6 (5.9)

—Wichita Falls 5.4 (5.8)

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