Houston follows Texas trend for Nov. job gainsHouston follows Texas trend for Nov. job gainshttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=115872015-12-22T06:00:00Z2015-12-22T19:00:00Z

​​HOUSTON - Texas added 16,300 jobs in November, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

The state came in second in the nation for jobs added last month, behind Florida. Statewide employment was up 1.5 percent for the twelve months ending in November.

“That rate of growth has definitely slowed this year, and it’s actually dipped below the national rate,” says Cheryl Abbot, regional economist with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in Dallas.

Construction added more jobs statewide than any other sector last month.

The Houston metro area added 4,800 jobs in November.

“The stores are hiring for the holiday season, and you’ll see additional job growth in retail trade in December as well,” says Patrick Jankowski, senior vice president of research at the Greater Houston Partnership.

Greater Houston unemployment ticked up in November to a rate of 4.9 percent. Texas’ jobless rate also edged up, to 4.6 percent. The national average held steady at 5 percent.

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