Texas unemployment rate in March up slightly to 5 percent

Published on Friday, 21 April 2017 12:46 - Written by

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly to 5 percent in March, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

The statewide jobless rate was 4.9 percent in February. Nationwide unemployment was 4.5 percent in March.

Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas last month, at 3.5 percent, according to a commission statement. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest jobless rate for Texas, at 8.5 percent.

"Texas employers continue to boost the diverse Texas economy by adding jobs, including 249,000 over the year," said Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar.

The Texas economy expanded in March with the addition of 9,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs, the commission said.

Employment in the professional and business services industry recorded the largest private industry gain over the month with 13,200 jobs added. Mining and logging employment grew by 4,800 jobs in March, while Construction employment expanded by 4,000 jobs.

"Texas employers continue to keep our state competitive with an overall private sector annual job growth of 210,500 with 7,000 jobs added in March, said Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs.