Texas' unemployment rate jumps to 12.8 percent in April

Worst-ever on record, and highest since November 1986

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May 22, 2020 - 9:53 am

AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Texas' unemployment rate jumped to 12.8 percent in April - the worst-ever on record, as the full impact of COVID-19 hit the state's economy.

According to data from the Texas Workforce Commission, just under 1.3 million non-farm jobs were eliminated across the state - roughly 10 percent of the state's workforce.

The state's worst-ever monthly unemployment rate on record was 9.2% back in November 1986.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has had a measurable effect on the Texas economy," said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. "While we will continue to provide assistance to those seeking unemployment benefits, many employers are hiring and TWC is working to provide resources to job seekers as well as employers as the state opens up."

Closer to home, the Austin-Round Rock metro area's non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate jumped to 12.2 percent, up from 3.8 percent in March and 2.3 percent in April 2019.

Every major industry in the state was affected in April, officials said.

Amarillo held the state's lowest unemployment rate, with a non-seasonally adjusted rate of 8.8 percent, followed by Abilene and College Station-Bryan at 8.9 percent and Lubbock at 9.9 percent.

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