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State jobless rate falls to 4.9%

Seven of 11 major industries added jobs in Texas including health care services.
Seven of 11 major industries added jobs in Texas including health care services. Star-Telegram/Jeffery Washington

Texas’ unemployment rate has declined for the third month in a row to 4.9 percent in November as the state continues to add jobs, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

The state added 34,800 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in November and has now added 441,200 in the last year.

The November unemployment rate was slightly lower than the 5.1 percent reported in October and was down from 6.1 percent a year ago. In Fort Worth-Arlington, the jobless rate declined to 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in October and 5.6 percent a year ago.

“The Texas economy continued its record-breaking expansion, providing job opportunities across a wide range of industries,” Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said. “We must continue to focus our efforts on expanding our state’s skilled workforce to meet employer needs in high-demand industries.”

Seven of 11 major industries added jobs in Texas during the month, including 13,500 jobs in professional and business services, 7,200 in education and health services, and 6,000 in leisure and hospitality. Mining and logging, which includes the energy sector, dropped by 2,300 jobs.

Midland had the lowest unemployment rate in November, at 2.3 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest, at 8.2 percent.

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