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Texas' record low joblessness bucks national trend

Joblessness fell to 4.1 percent in Texas last month, matching a record low for a state that’s bucking nationwide economic trends.

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was down from 4.3 percent in March and from 4.4 percent in April 2007. Meanwhile, employers across the state added 15,400 jobs for the month, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

"Texas workers are finding jobs across many industry sectors," Commissioner Ronny Congleton said in a written statement. "Our record low unemployment rate gives job seekers many choices and more chances to find a job."

Locally, unemployment in the Fort Worth-Arlington area fell to 3.8 percent, down from 3.9 percent a year earlier. In the Dallas-Plano-Irving area, the rate held steady at 4 percent.

Nationwide, unemployment stands at 5 percent.

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