- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas unemployment rate for November rose to 4.6 percent, the third straight month of statewide higher jobless figures, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

The October jobless rate in Texas was 4.4 percent. Texas in September had 4.2 percent unemployment, according to TWC figures. The nationwide jobless rate for November was 5 percent.

“Texas employers added 179,300 jobs over the past year, highlighting the diversity of the Texas economy and job market,” said Andres Alcantar, commission chairman.

Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas last month at 3.2 percent. The Austin-Round Rock area was also on the low end for jobless rates, at 3.3 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest jobless rate statewide at 8.0 percent, the TWC said.

Texas employers expanded their payrolls last month by adding 16,300 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. More than half, about 9,000 jobs, were in the construction industry, a commission statement said.

The professional and business service industry also added jobs for the fourth month in a row, adding 5,500 positions in November.

“Texas employers continue to lead the good economic news for our state,” said Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs. “The fact that our state has added jobs for nine of the eleven months of 2015 is a credit to the diversity and resilience of employers in Texas.”




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