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Jul 22, 2:48 PM EDT

The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in June to reach 4.5 percent

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in June to 4.5 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday.

The May statewide jobless rate was 4.4 percent. The nationwide unemployment rate for June was 4.9 percent.

The Amarillo and Austin-Round Rock areas tied for the state's lowest jobless rate last month at 3.3 percent, according to a TWC statement. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state's highest unemployment during June at 8.2 percent.

Texas has added an estimated 171,100 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year with the addition of 7,200 nonfarm jobs in June. Texas has added jobs in 14 of the last 15 months, officials said.

"I am encouraged by our state's continued job growth, with Texas employers adding jobs in nine of 11 industries over the past year," said Andres Alcantar, commission chairman.

The leisure and hospitality industry added 5,200 jobs in June, TWC officials said, gaining 53,800 jobs over the year. Trade, transportation and utilities employment added 3,900 jobs in June. Manufacturing employment expanded by 1,000 jobs last month, according to the TWC.

"Texas' economic growth over the year is due to the resilience of our employers who have added 123,000 private-sector jobs over the past year," said Commissioner Ruth R. Hughs.



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