TX unemployment rate still below national average

July 23, 2011 3:23:42 PM PDT
The Texas Workforce Commission announced Saturday that the state unemployment rate remains well below the national average.

According to officials, Texas total nonfarm employment increased by 32,000 jobs in June, representing the addition of 220,000 jobs since June of last year. Texas has experienced positive annual job growth in the past 14 months, resulting in annual growth rates above 2 percent in six of the past seven months.

Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in June, up from 8 percent in May. Officials said it remains a full percentage point below the nationwide unemployment rate of 9.2 percent.

"Overall, our Goods-Producing industries combined to add 11,200 jobs in June," Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken said in a release. "As businesses continue to shift resources into Texas, new opportunities arise for job seekers already here, and for those who come here looking for opportunity."

Among the Goods-Producing industries, Texas added 8,400 Manufacturing jobs in June, for a total of 19,300 since June 2010.

Officials said Mining and Logging added 3,200 jobs and had the highest industry growth rate for June at 17.2 percent.

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