Houston Unemployment Falls To 6.5%

Texas and Houston unemployment levels both dropped in April, according to the latest numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission.

 

 

The Greater Houston jobless rate fell to 6.5% in April. That’s down from 7% in March and 7.8% percent a year ago. The state unemployment rate dropped to 6.9% percent last month, down from 7% in March and 8% in April last year.

Texas added 13,200 jobs over the month of April. It was the second-largest increase in employment after Indiana, according state employment figures just released by the Labor Department.

Eight of the 11 major industries in Texas posted gains in employment, with construction and manufacturing adding the most jobs. Leisure and hospitality saw the biggest job losses, followed by business and professional services and finance.

 

 

 Table 5. Employees on nonfarm payrolls by state and selected industry sector, seasonally adjusted
  Total(1) Construction Manufacturing
Apr.
2011
Feb.
2012
Mar.
2012
Apr.
2012(p)
Apr.
2011
Feb.
2012
Mar.
2012
Apr.
2012(p)
Apr.
2011
Feb.
2012
Mar.
2012
Apr.
2012(p)

Texas

10,529.8 10,730.8 10,742.4 10,755.6 558.8 568.8 565.6 572.9 831.1 847.5 850.2 856.5

(1) Includes mining and logging, information, and other services (except public administration), not shown separately.  
(p) Preliminary

NOTE: Data are counts of jobs by place of work. Estimates are currently estimated from 2011 benchmark levels. Estimates subsequent to the current benchmarks are preliminary and will be revised when new information becomes available.

From the U.S. Labor Dept.

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