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Austin unemployment rate drops to 3.6 percent in March

April 21, 2017 - 3:58 pm

(Austin/KJCE) The unemployment rate for the Austin metro area dropped to 3.6 percent in March, according to the latest numbers released by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The number marks a slight decrease from February where the metro's unemployment rate stood at 3.7 percent. Year-to-year versus 2016, unemployment is up five tents of a percent in the Austin metro.

Statewide, Amarillo recorded the lowest unemployment rate for March, at 3.5 percent. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission reported the highest unemployment rate, at 8.5 percent. The statewide average for March stood at 5.0 percent, down slightly from 5.1 percent a month earlier.

Across the state, employment in the Professional and Business Services industry recorded the largest private-industry gain over the month with 13,200 jobs added. Mining and Logging employment grew by 4,800 jobs in March and Construction employment expanded by 4,000 jobs.

A complete breakdown of the employment report is available at TWC's website here.

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