Texas holds strong adding 21K+ jobs in AugustTexas holds strong adding 21K+ jobs in Augusthttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=145782016-09-20T05:00:00Z2016-09-20T18:45:00Z

​​​​TEXAS - Texas added 21,400 non-farm jobs in August, but the state’s unemployment rate increased slightly from 4.6 percent in July to 4.7 percent, according to a Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) news release issued Sept. 16, 2016.

“Texas employers added 190,600 jobs over the past year, with the diversity of our economy highlighted by nine out of 11 industries [TWC tracks] adding jobs,” TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said in a news release.

Financial activities, a job category tracked by the TWC, saw the largest overall employment increase with the addition of 6,200 new jobs, according to the release. ​

Trade, transportation and utilities, another category tracked by the TWC, added the second-most jobs in August, with 4,000 new positions created.

For the second consecutive month, construction employment grew, adding 1,300 new jobs.

The Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA, posted an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent in August, giving it the lowest rate in the state.

The Austin-Round Rock MSA had an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent during August, giving it the second-lowest rate in during that period, according to the news release.​

The state’s 4.7 percent unemployment rate for August is below the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent.

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