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Abilene unemployment rate drops to 3.7 percent in April

Published On: May 16 2014 11:25:58 AM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2014 12:47:31 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

The Texas unemployment rate has fallen to 5.2 percent, marking the second straight month it has declined.

Numbers has also improved for the Big Country. The city of Abilene's unemployment rate for April is 3.7 percent, down from 4.3 percent in March. Taylor County's unemployment rate for April is 3.6 percent.

Brown County is also seeing a drop in its unemployment rate. It now sits at 3.9 percent, down from 4.6 percent in March.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the seasonally adjusted unemployment figure for April, which represents a drop from 5.5 percent in March. The rate in January and February stood at 5.7 percent.

A year ago the state unemployment rate was 6.4 percent.

Texas employers in April added 64,100 jobs to their payrolls.

Commission officials say eight of the 11 leading industries in Texas experienced growth last month. Private businesses added 20,100 jobs in April, the largest monthly increase ever recorded for this sector of the economy.

The Midland area had the lowest jobless rate across Texas, at 2.3 percent. Commission figures show the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state's highest rate at 8.6 percent.