AUSTIN — The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Texas fell to 6.2 percent in October, down from 6.3
percent in September. The state’s unemployment rate remained well below the national October unemployment
rate of 7.3 percent.
“The private sector in Texas recorded a strong annual growth rate of 2.9 percent in October, adding nearly
265,000 jobs over the year,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We
encourage job seekers, in particular our returning veterans, to visit their local Workforce Solutions office for
assistance in finding work.”
Seven out of 11 industries that added jobs in October included Leisure and Hospitality, which expanded by
7,600 positions; Professional and Business Services, which added 5,000 jobs; and Trade, Transportation and
Utilities, which grew by 3,700 positions.
“It’s good to see our unemployment rate declining for three consecutive months, from 6.5 percent in July to 6.2
percent in October,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Positive economic
growth means continued employment opportunities for the job seekers and workers of Texas.”
“The Texas economy continues to move forward, with every major industry in the state showing positive
growth over the last year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.
The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the lowest October unemployment rate in the state at 3.1
percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.6 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 4.4 percent (not
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