Although the unemployment rate rose most of the summer, it declined in August, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.
And that is a positive change in the trend over recent years, said Erica Sullivan, economic development analyst for the city.
The unemployment rate normally rises over the summer because of students graduating, she said, and it usually lasts through August before it declines again.
But the August unemployment rates dropped on all levels.
“It’s started to go down in August, so that’s good,” Sullivan said.
The city unemployment rate dropped seven-tenths of a percentage point, from 6.4 percent in July to 5.7 percent in August, with 3,650 people looking for work. The jobless rate also remained lower than last year, when it was 6.9 percent in August 2011.
Countywide, the unemployment rate dropped half of a percentage point, from 6.8 percent in July to 6.3 percent in August, with 23,906 unemployed workers. It also remained lower than August 2011, when it was 7.3 percent.
The city and county rates remain below the state and national averages.
The Texas unemployment rate was 7 percent in August, down half of a percentage point from July.
And the national unemployment rate in August was 8.2 percent, down four-tenths of a percentage point from the previous month.
Sullivan said it’s also significant that the unemployment rates on the city, county, state and national levels are all down roughly 1 percent over the same time last year.
Texas added 38,000 nonfarm jobs in August, for a total of 259,500 jobs this year, according to the commission.
The private sector in Texas has grown 3.2 percent over the year, with 279,800 jobs, the commission reported.
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