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Unemployment drops in region

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The Texas economy expanded in March with the addition of 9,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 5.0 percent in March, up slightly from 4.9 percent in February.

“Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 249,000 over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “Texans continue to have a range of workforce opportunities created by our innovative Texas employers, and I encourage job seekers and students to explore these opportunities with local workforce boards around the state.”

Employment in the Professional and Business Services industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 13,200 jobs added. Mining and Logging employment grew by 4,800 jobs in March and Construction employment expanded by 4,000 jobs.

“Texas employers continue to keep our state competitive with an overall private-sector annual job growth of 210,500 with 7,000 jobs added in March,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employer Ruth R. Hughs. “When Texas employers prosper, Texans prosper, and we want to ensure they have the resources they need to start, grow and thrive their businesses right here at home.”  

In the nine counties of the North East Texas workforce Development Area, the March unemployment rate, which is not seasonally adjusted, was 5.7 percent. The region includes, in addition to Hopkins County, Delta, Lamar, Franklin, Titus, Red River, Morris, Bowie and Cass counties.

The 5.7 percent unemployment rate is down from 5.9 percent in February, but up from 4.8 percent in March 2016. Unemployment claims were down from both last month and one year ago in the region.

The Amarillo metropolitan statistical area recorded the month’s lowest unemployment rate among Texas MSAs with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 3.5 percent, followed by the College Station-Bryan and Austin-Round Rock MSAs with a rate of 3.6 percent. The Lubbock and Midland MSAs each registered a rate of 4.0 percent for March.

In nearby metropolitan areas, Tyler’s March unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, Dallas’ was 4.2 percent, Fort Worth’s was 4.4 percent and Texarkana’s was 4.8 percent.

“Texas workers have much to offer and there are resources available to help them find the perfect occupational fit, I encourage all job seekers to contact their local Workforce Solutions office for assistance with job training and placement,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez.

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