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TWC: state unemployment slips in October TWC: state unemployment slips in October https://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=56472013-11-27T09:28:00Z2013-11-22T00:00:00Z

TEXAS - The seasonally adjusted state unemployment rate decreased from 6.3 percent in September 2013 to 6.2 percent in October 2013, according to the Texas Workforce Commission’s latest report.

The private sector in Texas recorded a strong annual growth rate of 2.9 percent in October 2013, adding nearly 265,000 jobs over the year.

Seven out of 11 industries that added jobs in October 2013 included leisure and hospitality, which expanded by 7,600 positions; professional and business services, which added 5,000 jobs; and trade, transportation and utilities, which grew by 3,700 positions.

The Midland MSA had the lowest statewide jobless rate in October 2013 at 3.1 percent, and the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest average unemployment at 10.1 percent.

The nationwide jobless rate for October 2013 was 7.3 percent.

Texas MSAs With Lowest Unemployment Rates*
MSA Oct. 2013 Sept. 2013 Oct. 2012
 

Civilian
Labor
Force**

Unemp.
Rate

Civilian
Labor
Force**

Unemp.
Rate

Civilian
Labor
Force**

Unemp.
Rate
Midland 95.9 3.1 95.9 3.3 92.4 3.1
Odessa 87.8 3.6 88.0 3.8 85.3 3.7
Amarillo 135.4 4.4 134.8 4.7 134.6 4.4
Lubbock 149.1 4.7 148.8 5.0 147.7 4.9
Abilene 85.4 4.7 85.5 5.0 84.6 4.8
San Angelo 57.1 4.8 56.8 5.1 56.6 4.8
Texas*** 12,784.1 6.0 12,833.7 6.3 12,667.7 6.2

*top six, ranked by unemployment rate
**not seasonally adjusted (in thousands)
***includes all MSAs

Texas Workforce Commission
Texas
Employment
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