Texas’ unemployment rate held steady at a seasonally adjusted 6.5 percent in July as the state’s employers added 19,900 jobs, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.According to TWC, Texas employers have added 293,000 payroll positions in the past year, a growth rate of 2.7 percent. The state had nearly 11.2 million payroll jobs as of July, a figure that does not include the self-employed.In Fort Worth-Arlington, the jobless rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, fell to 6.3 percent from 6.6 percent in June. The comparable unadjusted rate for Texas was 6.7 percent in July and 6.9 percent in June.Local employment was up by 2,700 in July, TWC said.Separately, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, which adjusts the job numbers in a different manner, said state employers added 21,400 new jobs in July. By the Fed’s estimate, Texas employers have added 131,900 jobs since the end of last year.The Fed estimated Fort Worth-Arlington’s unemployment rate at 5.9 percent in July, down from 6.1 percent in June.TWC said construction, which has generally added jobs this year at a healthy pace, took a breather in July statewide with no net gain. But it’s up 33,100 jobs, or 5.7 percent, in the past year.Mining, the category that includes energy-related jobs, took a big jump of 8,000 jobs in July and is up 15,600 jobs in the past year.Midland, in the heart of the Oil Patch, continued to enjoy the state’s lowest jobless rate at 3.5 percent, followed by nearby Odessa at 4.2 percent.McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, had the state’s highest rate at 11.3 percent.
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