The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly to 7 percent in June but remains well below the 8.2 percent national jobless rate, according to state unemployment data released Friday.
Texas Workforce Commission figures show that although the state's economy added 12,900 nonfarm positions last month, the jobless rate was up from 6.9 percent in May.
"People are flocking to Texas in search of jobs that employers are creating at a better rate than most states," said Ronny Congleton, a commissioner who represents labor, explaining that the state's labor force continues to grow and "is at an all-time high of nearly 13 million workers and job seekers."
Six of the 11 major industries in Texas gained jobs in June. Construction led the way with 9,600 more positions. Expansion also was seen in the "other services" category, which added 4,900 jobs to the payroll in such fields as equipment and machinery repair, personal care services and social and civic organization.
The hardest hit industry was information, which lost 3,700 jobs. There were 3,400 positions cut in manufacturing.
Unemployment rates are adjusted for seasonal trends in hiring and firing, which most economists believe give a more accurate picture of the job market. Without the seasonal adjustment, the jobless rate in Texas would have been at 7.6 percent in June.
Midland again had the lowest unemployment rate at 4.3 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest jobless rate at 12 percent, although that was less than its 13 percent unemployment a year ago.
Local rates are not seasonally adjusted.
The preliminary local jobless rates for June, with revised May numbers in parentheses, were:
- Abilene 6.3 (5.7)
- Amarillo 5.5 (4.8)
- Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos 6.4 (5.8)
- Beaumont-Port Arthur 11.4 (10.2)
- Brownsville-Harlingen 11.4 (10.5)
- College Station-Bryan 6.8 (5.8)
- Corpus Christi 7.0 (6.4)
- Dallas-Plano-Irving 7.5 (6.9)
- El Paso 10.1 (9.3)
- Fort Worth-Arlington 7.3 (6.7)
- Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 7.5 (6.9)
- Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood 8.5 (7.6)
- Laredo 7.9 (7.0)
- Longview 6.6 (5.9)
- Lubbock 5.3 (5.0)
- McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 12.0 (10.7)
- Midland 4.3 (3.8)
- Odessa 4.9 (4.3)
- San Angelo 6.0 (5.4)
- San Antonio-New Braunfels 7.3 (6.5)
- Sherman-Denison 7.9 (7.3)
- Texarkana 6.8 (6.6)
- Tyler 7.5 (6.8)
- Victoria 6.4 (5.8)
- Waco 7.4 (6.5)
- Wichita Falls 7.2 (6.3)