FORT WORTH — Texas lost 6,400 jobs in August, but the unemployment rate fell to 6.4 percent and the state was still up 274,700 nonagricultural jobs from a year ago, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.The jobless rate, down from 6.5 percent in July and 6.8 percent a year ago, fell because the state’s civilian labor force declined to 12.78 million, from 12.86 million in July.“Every major industry in Texas showed positive annual job growth,” even with August’s decline, said Andres Alcantar, the commission chairman.Fort Worth-Arlington’s unemployment rate was 5.9 percent, compared with 6.7 percent for the same month a year earlier. Those figures, unlike the state numbers, are not adjusted for seasonal variations.Compared with July, government was off 8,800 jobs. Construction; trade, transportation and utilities; financial; leisure and hospitality; and information shed jobs. Mining and logging, manufacturing, professional and business services, and education and health services added jobs. Government includes public schools.Compared with a year ago:• Mining and logging: up 15,000 to 288,900• Construction: up 24,200 to 611,300• Manufacturing: up 2,400 to 869,400• Trade, transportation and utilities: up 51,300 to 2.23 million• Information: up 6,300 to 202,500• Financial activities: up 14,400 to 677,200• Professional and business services: up 58,200 to 1.47 million• Education and health services: up 39,700 to 1.5 million• Leisure and hospitality: up 43,000 to 1.13 million• Other services: up 5,500 to 388,000• Government: up 14,700 to 1.8 millionTotal nonagricultural jobs rose to 11.18 million. The private sector made up 260,000 of the state’s 274,700 in gains over the last year.
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