Houston Unemployment Drops To 6.3%

September brought a surge in job growth for the Houston area, as well as solid gains at the state level.

Greater Houston unemployment dropped to 6.3% percent in September, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. That’s down from 7% in August. Statewide, unemployment fell to 6.8%, down three-tenths of a point and a full point below the national average.

Nina Franco is managing director of Houston-based Ajihlon Professional Staffing. 

“We have parts of Texas, actually, that are as low as 3.3%, so in general, it’s real good news for us.”

Texas led the nation in non-farm job increases, adding a net 21,000 jobs in September compared to August. Seven of the eleven major industries in Texas expanded last month. Professional and business services saw the biggest increases, adding nearly 14,000 new jobs. The state also added nearly 4,000 manufacturing jobs over the month, even as the US as a whole lost some 16,000.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...