Texas Unemployment Rates Increased Slightly in November 2010

Texas - The Texas Workforce Commission released their newest figures Friday and the unemployment rate had a slight increase.

The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly to 8.2 percent in November but remains below the U.S. rate of 9.8 percent.  The Texas unemployment rate has ranged between 8.1 and 8.3 percent in 2010.

Along with the increase in the unemployment rate, there has also been an increase in jobs. Texas employers have added 19,100 jobs in November, representing the addition of 192,100 jobs in 2010.

Professional and Business Services increased jobs by 5,600 in November, adding 61,200 positions in the last year. Leisure and Hospitality employment increased by 4,700 jobs in November for a total gain of 19,100 jobs since 2009.

Employment in Education and Health Services also increased by 4,300 jobs in November. Financial Activities also increased their employment by 2,000 jobs in the last month, adding almost 6,000 jobs this year.

Information employment increased by 1,700 jobs, Construction added 1,000 jobs, and Mining and Logging grew by 300 positions.

Amarillo has the second lowest unemployment rate in Texas at 5.7 percent, behind Midland's 5.3 percent.