Texas jobless rate falls under 7 percent in April

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas unemployment rate is under 7 percent for the first time in three years, falling to 6.9 percent for April as the state added 13,200 nonfarm jobs.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that the jobless rate fell from 7.0 percent in March and 8.0 percent a year ago.

The state's jobless rate was last under 7 percent at 6.9 percent in March 2009.

The national unemployment rate is 8.1 percent.

Agency figures show that eight of the 11 major industries in Texas gained jobs in April, led by construction with 7,300 jobs.

Midland still has the lowest local unemployment rate at 3.5 percent.

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  • by SHARON Location: Texas on Jun 16, 2012 at 11:36 AM
    They do not include Contractors nor Suncontractors in in the population of unemployed. I know several people that havent worked in months. Unable to draw unemployment, exhausting any savings they might have had. I know this because my husband is one of them. Before you say go back to school, ask these students who graduated this year how it's working for them. Then before you say, he should have payed in to unemployment. That would have really helped. Not every one was born with a silver spoon in their mouth, Bill have to be payed. Food has to be on the table. Medical and utility bills have to be payed. This is the worst year yet in 20 years in thie business. I blame the state of the Economy for the fall. People have to save thier money for when the other shoe drops and just know it will if we don't have a change.
  • by debrasears Location: us on May 18, 2012 at 10:28 PM
    Expand your mind and expand your knowledge. There are still jobs out there. Go after a degree in the field of your choice and on demand. Find your field at High Speed Universities websites to know which are on demand and suitable for you.
  • by Me on May 18, 2012 at 05:42 PM
    The reason the number is going down is because people are exhausting their unemployment benefits. They don't count anymore, hence, the numbers go down. You are right. Obama is the reason the number is going down and people still don't have jobs! And the created jobs, that does not mean that someone has that job, it means someone was hired for that job. If they worked until lunch and never come back, it counts as a job created.
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      by Logic on May 21, 2012 at 11:49 AM in reply to Me
      Obama has never raised taxes. The House won't allow it. Apart from cutting them, how do you think Rmoney is going to turn the economy around? More debt? Thats the plan. The wealthy get a tax cut first off, then he cuts medicare/social security in an attempt to balance those tax cuts. Won't work because spending will continue, less taxes to pay for it, and finally the debt goes up. We have seen this since Reagan...still waiting on some new ideas rather than waiting on the spending habits of our wealthy to "stimulate the economy" with their tax cuts!
  • by truth Location: in anonymous wife`s arms on May 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
    Obama 2012
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      by Joey on May 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM in reply to truth
      I love your location, truth.
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      by Real Truth on May 19, 2012 at 06:40 AM in reply to truth
      Hahahahaha!!!! Yeah, right! Like Obama had anything to do with it whatsoever! Remember, he is still blaming George Bush for everything. Oh, never mind, I forgot: when it's bad, it's Bush's fault, but when it's good, it was always Obama! Keep on believing this, I doubt most of the American people are dumb enough to buy it though. Texas is about the only state he hasn't messed with yet (has Holder sued us yet?). I wonder how the democratically controlled liberal states like California, New York, Nevada, and Illinois are doing economically?
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