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Sep 16, 12:07 PM EDT

Labor officials say the Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in August to reach 4.7 percent, marking the third straight month of increases


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in August to reach 4.7 percent - the third straight month of increases, state labor officials said Friday.

The Texas Workforce Commission reports that the latest figure compares to a 4.6 percent statewide jobless rate in July. Nationwide unemployment last month was 4.9 percent, an agency statement said.

Amarillo had the lowest jobless rate in Texas last month at 3.4 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area recorded the state's highest unemployment during August at 8.4 percent, according to commission officials.

"Texas employers added 190,600 jobs over the past year, with the diversity of our economy highlighted by nine out of eleven industries adding jobs," said Andres Alcantar, agency chairman.

Texas grew by an estimated 21,400 nonfarm jobs in August. The financial activities industry recorded the largest industry employment gain over the month with 6,200 jobs added, according to the TWC. Trade, transportation and utilities employment added 4,000 jobs during August.

"Private-sector employment was strong over the year with the overall job growth of 150,900 and 18,500 jobs added in August," Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs said. "The fact that our state has added jobs for 16 of the last 17 months is a credit to the diversity and resilience of employers in Texas."

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