McALLEN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Workforce Commission today
reports statewide unemployment edged upward -- to 6.7 % in
March while edging down in the College Station-Bryan Metro Area to 4.8%.
The state shed 47,100 non agricultural jobs.
While the Rio Grande Valley showed slight improvement from a
month earlier it continued to the lead the state with the highest
unemployment rates. Midland delivered the lowest unemployment rate
at 4.3 %. The local area unemployment rate came in at 4.8 percent which was actually down from February's rate of 4.9% Last year at this time the rate was 3.5%
In February the state unemployment rate was 6.6 percent and in
March 2008 it was 4.3 percent.
Texas leads the nation as a whole where unemployment rose to
9 percent in March.