Rick Perry: Texas unemployment holds at 5.1 percent in July
Unemployment across Texas held steady at 5.1 percent in July. The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced last month's jobless figure matches the state's unemployment rates for May and June. Nationwide unemployment in July rose slightly to 6.2 percent.
TWC officials say the Texas economy showed steady growth in July, adding 46,600 seasonally-adjusted nonfarm jobs. The statewide economy has expanded by 396,200 jobs in the past year, a 3.5 percent annual growth rate.
The Midland area had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas last month at 2.9 percent. The July jobless rate for neighboring Odessa was 3.6 percent. The Brownsville-Harlingen area had the highest statewide unemployment at 8.9 percent. Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the July 2014 employment numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission:
“The only thing hotter than a Texas summer is Texas job growth, adding nearly 50,000 jobs in July. Every major industry in Texas added jobs meaning the diversity of our workforce is strong with opportunities for employers to hire good workers, and for workers to find jobs enabling them to meet the needs of their families.”