TX jobless rate rises to 8.3 percent in April

May 21, 2010 7:57:39 AM PDT
A state agency says the Texas unemployment rose slightly to 8.3 percent in April, although the number of jobs grew for the fourth consecutive month. The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday the jobless rate jumped from 8.2 percent in March. The state added 32,500 nonagricultural jobs in April for a total increase of 79,000 jobs in 2010, according to commission figures.

The commission says the work force in Texas grew by 51,000 in April, outpacing the increase in jobs.

The Texas jobless rate remained below the national unemployment figure of 9.9 percent.

Workforce commission Chairman Tom Pauken says the April employment results were "mixed."