By Associated Press - Friday, May 22, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas unemployment rate for April held steady at 4.2 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

The state’s rate - the lowest level since July 2007 - compares to the national jobless rate is 5.4 percent. Texas had seven straight months of jobless rate declines through March. In April 2014, statewide unemployment was 5.2 percent.

Texas added an estimated 287,000 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year, according to the commission.

The leisure and hospitality industry led job gains in Texas, adding 6,900 positions. Other job gains happened in the information and trade, transportation and utilities sector, the agency reported.

Amarillo had the state’s lowest jobless rate for April at 2.7 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest unemployment statewide last month at 7.3 percent, according to the agency.

Information is available to assist companies interested in hiring additional people, officials said.

“The employers in Texas are strong and resilient and have a talented pool of workers to choose from,” TWC Commissioner Hope Andrade said. “I encourage all of our employers to take advantage of the programs we offer through the Skills Development Fund to help them create jobs and train workers with the skills needed for today’s job market.”



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