Texas unemployment rate down slightly in October, settles at 5.1 percent

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AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 5.1 percent in October for a second straight month of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported the latest jobless figure compares to statewide unemployment of 5.2 percent in September.

Steady job gains helped push the October nationwide unemployment rate to 5.8 percent, a six-year low.

TWC reports Texas added 35,200 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs last month. Texas in the past year added 421,900 total nonfarm jobs.

Midland had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas during October at 2.5 percent. The state's highest jobless rate was in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area at 7.9 percent.



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