AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 5.2 percent in September.
The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced that compares to the August statewide jobless rate of 5.3 percent. The nationwide unemployment rate for September was 5.9 percent, a six-year low.
The rate in Fort Worth-Arlington was 4.9 percent, down from 5.4 percent in August and down from 5.9 percent a year earlier. For the Dallas-Plano-Irving area, the rate was 5 percent in September, down from 5.5 percent in August and down from 6.1 percent a year earlier.
TWC officials in Austin say the Texas economy added 36,400 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs last month. The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force population in Texas topped 13 million for the first time in September.
The Midland area had the lowest September jobless rate statewide at 2.6 percent. Unemployment in neighboring Odessa stood at 3.1 percent last month.