Texas' unemployment rate falls to 6.8 percent

Austin metro falls to 5.5 percent

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September 18, 2020 - 9:31 am
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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Texas' unemployment rate fell to 6.8 percent in August, according to the latest numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission.

It's the fourth straight monthly decrease, and the lowest rate since March when the coronavirus pandemic began to impact the state's economy.

"The Texas unemployment rate continues to move in a positive direction as job seekers and employers adjust to current challenges," said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. "TWC will continue our efforts to implement strategies designed to help strengthen the Texas economy."

The state rate is below the national seasonally adjusted rate of 8.4 percent.

In August, the Professional and Business Services sector added 33,200 jobs, while Trade, Transportation and Utilities added 28,800 jobs and Government added 25,000 jobs.

Amarillo boasts the state's lowest unemployment rate with a non-adjusted rate of 4.2 percent, followed by Bryan-College Station and Abilene. The Austin-Round Rock metro is at 5.5 percent, compared to 2.8 percent in August 2019.

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