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Texas unemployment rate drops in May

​​AUSTIN – The Texas economy added 237,800 nonfarm jobs in May as the state began to reopen, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. 

In the private sector, 291,000 jobs were created. 

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 13 percent in May, the first time Texas’ rate fell since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic​​​​. 

The national unemployment average is 13.3 percent. 

​Amarillo had the lowest nonseasonally adjusted unemployment rate in the state at 8.5 percent. Beaumont-Port Arthur had the highest at 17.8 percent.

All employment sectors had seasonally adjusted job losses since May 2019 except for the financial services industry, which grew 0.1 percent. Leisure and hospitality had the largest job loss with employment falling 26.9 percent. 

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