Texas jobless rate holds steady at 4.2 percent in April

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Thursday announced last month’s statewide jobless figure compares to nationwide unemployment of 5.4 percent.

Texas through March had seven straight months of unemployment rate declines.

Amarillo had the state’s lowest jobless rate for April at 2.7 percent. Commission officials say McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest unemployment statewide at 7.3 percent.

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The TWC says Texas has added an estimated 287,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year, including a modest gain in April with 1,200 more positions.

In the Fort Worth-Arlington MSA, the jobless rate was 3.8 percent, down from 4.1 percent in March. In the Dallas-Plano-Irving MSA, the jobless rate was 3.6 percent, down from 4 percent in March.