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Texas unemployment rate falls below 6 percent in August

​​AUSTIN – Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.3 percent to 5.9 percent in August, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. 

Texas added 39,300 nona​​gricu​ltural jobs last month, marking gains in 15 of the last 16 months. Since August 2020, Texas added a total of 681,000 jobs.

Amarillo had the lowest nonse​asonally adjusted unemployment rate in the state​ at 3.6 percent. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission had the highest at 8.9 percent. 

All employment sectors had seasonally adjusted job gains since August 2020 except for government, which ticked down 0.1 percent. The leisure and hospitality sector’s employment jumped 15.8 percent over the year, but lost 25,600 jobs since July. 

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​​​Source: Texas Workforce Commission​​​

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