Similar to last month, the city of Denton’s unemployment rate rose in July but remains lower than the same time last year.
The jobless rate in Denton rose two-tenths of a percentage point from 6.2 percent in June to 6.4 percent in July, with 4,109 people looking for work, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The July unemployment rate remains lower than the same time last year, when it was 6.9 percent.
Erica Sullivan, the city’s economic development analyst, said in an e-mail Friday that the city was faring well since it continued to remain below county, state and national unemployment figures.
Sullivan also said there is an increase in unemployment during the summer months as graduates enter the labor force.
Countywide, the unemployment number remained unchanged from June to July, staying at 6.8 percent, with 26,123 people looking for work, according to the data.
The county unemployment rate dropped six-tenths of a percentage point over the same time last year, when it was 7.4 percent.
Natalie Moffitt, workforce development manager with Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, said the county unemployment rate remained flat because, from June to July, a little more than 2,400 additional people began looking for work in the county.
“During that same time, about the same number of people found employment,” she said.
At the state level, the unemployment rate dropped one-tenth of a percentage point, from 7.6 percent in June to 7.5 percent in July. The state unemployment rate dropped 1 percent from the same time last year.
Texas added 17,800 non-farm jobs in July for a total of 222,500 jobs during the year, according to the commission.
Moffitt said it was the second straight year Texas continued to add jobs.
“When you look at the north-central Texas area, we have a really diverse economy and we don’t have one dominant industry, so we are able to absorb any fluctuations in unemployment,” she said.
Of the total number of jobs added, education and the health services industry had the greatest employment increase for July, adding 12,600 jobs.
Moffitt said there is usually more hiring in the health care industry, which has been consistent even through the recession. She also said that with schools ready to open, school districts have been hiring.
“It can also be a hiring in education service sectors,” she said. “It doesn’t necessarily have to be teachers who are hired during this time.”
Nationally, the unemployment rate rose two-tenths of a percentage point, from 8.4 percent in June to 8.6 percent in July, but dropped from the same time last year when it was 9.3 percent.
All the numbers are not seasonally adjusted.
Staff writer Rachel Mehlhaff contributed to this report.
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