Texas unemployment dips to 6.1 percent in November

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate continues to fall modestly, dipping to 6.1 percent in November.   The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday released jobless figures for last month, showing a slight drop from the 6.2 percent recorded for October. It represents the fourth straight month the rate has fallen.   The nationwide jobless rate for November was 7 percent, down from 7.3 percent the prior month.   Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar says the private sector in Texas added 20,500 jobs in November, representing growth of 2.8 percent. Trade, transportation and utility industries added the most positions.   Midland had the lowest statewide unemployment rate in November at 2.9 percent, followed by Odessa at 3.5 percent. Conversely, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state’s highest rate at 10.3 percent.