New numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission
show the state's unemployment rate remaining steady at 6.7 percent
Workforce officials say that's lower than the rising 8.9 percent
U.S. unemployment rate. But it's still far higher than it was a
year ago. Texas lost 39,500 nonagricultural jobs in April.
Professional and business services had the largest monthly drop
with 20,100 jobs lost. The largest industry gains in April were in
leisure and hospitality, with 10,600 job added. Education and
health services also gained.
With an 8.9 percent unemployment rate, the
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission region was hardest hit.
The Amarillo area fared best with a 4.1 percent unemployment
rate. Bryan-College Station's numbers were at 4.5% tied for 3rd with the Midland area. April's numbers were better than March's unemployment rate of 4.8% for B-CS. While the numbers are better, month to month, compare the numbers to 2008 when unemployment rate was at 3.2%