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June Unemployment in Texas Remains at 6.5 Percent

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    The Texas unemployment rate for June has held steady since May and remains at 6.5 percent.

    The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the statewide seasonally adjusted figure compares to the U.S. jobless rate of 7.6 percent last month.

    “While Texas’ unemployment rate remains unchanged in June, the Lone Star State continues to beat the nation’s unemployment rate for 78 consecutive months, showing once again that The Texas Model of low taxes and spending, a predictable, low level of regulation, and a sound civil justice system works,” said Talmadge Heflin, Director of the Center for Fiscal Policy. “However, much work still remains to safeguard the prosperity that Texas has achieved in the past few years. Now more than ever it is important to reflect upon — and preserve and extend — the policies that have allowed Texans to prosper.”

    TWC officials in Austin say Texas added 5,800 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in June for a total of about 303,000 jobs added since a year ago.

    Chairman Andres Alcantar said economic growth in Texas has proven to be diverse, consistent and long term.

    The Midland area had the lowest June unemployment rate statewide at 3.7 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest jobless rate last month at 11.6 percent.