Texas unemployment for September up slightly to 4.2 percent

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in September to 4. 2 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

Statewide unemployment was 4.1 percent during August. The nationwide jobless rate last month was 5.1 percent, according to a commission statement.

Amarillo had the lowest September unemployment rate across Texas, at 3.1 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state’s highest jobless figure last month at 7.4 percent, TWC officials said.

Texas employers added 224,800 jobs in the past year, the commission said. The trade, transportation, and utilities industry expanded by 11,400 positions last month, leading job growth among all industries.

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“Texas employers added jobs in eight of 11 industries in September, offering opportunities to a diverse pool of job-seekers,” said Commissioner Ronny Congleton. The education and health services industry added 10,900 jobs last month.

“Private-sector employment was strong in September, with our Texas employers outpacing the overall job growth, adding 31,200 jobs,” said Commissioner Ruth Hughs.

The Texas economy continues to generate a steady growth of jobs, said Chairman Andres Alcantar.