AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in June to reach 4.5 percent.
In the Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area the unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, up from 3.7 percent in May, but down slightly from a year earlier when the rate was 4.5 percent.
In the Dallas-Plano-Irving MSA, the unemployment rate was 3.9 percent up from 3.7 percent in May, but down slightly from 4.5 percent a year earlier.
The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported that compares to a May jobless rate of 4.4 percent. The nationwide unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent.
TWC officials say the Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock areas had the state’s lowest jobless rate last month at 3.3 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state’s highest unemployment during June at 8.2 percent.
The Leisure and Hospitality industry added 5,200 jobs in June. Over the year, Leisure and Hospitality gained 53,800 jobs. Trade, Transportation, and Utilities employment added 3,900 jobs in June. Manufacturing employment expanded by 1,000 jobs in June.
A TWC statement says Texas has added an estimated 171,100 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 7,200 nonfarm jobs in June.
Texas has added jobs in 14 of the last 15 months.