2012-10-25 / General Stories

Texas Unemployment Rate Drops to 6.8 Percent in September

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in September, down from 7.1 percent in August. The state’s unemployment rate is down from 7.9 percent a year ago, and is well below the national unemployment rate in September of 7.8 percent. Texas added 21,000 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in September for a total of 262,700 jobs added since last year.

“Texas continues to add jobs and we now have a record number of people employed in our state,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar.

Seven of the 11 major industries in Texas expanded in September. The largest gain was in Professional and Business Services, which grew by 13,600 jobs. The industry has grown by 47,200 positions over the past year.

“It is clear that employers are benefitting from the available skilled workers in our state,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “I’m encouraged to see that 3,800 manufacturing jobs were added last month.”

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