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Denton County jobless rate rises

Unemployment increased by two-tenths of a percentage point in March for Denton County while it remained unchanged for the city of Denton, the Texas Workforce Commission announced Friday.

The county rate increased from 5.5 percent in February to 5.7 percent in March. The city’s jobless rate remained the same at 5.0 percent.

A year ago the city had a 5.4 percent unemployment rate, while the county’s rate was 6.3 percent.

The figures remain below the state and national averages.

The state’s rate declined one-tenth of a percentage point from February to March. The year-to-year comparison showed a decline from 7.0 percent to 6.3 percent.

The national unemployment rate dropped by five-tenths of a percentage point from 8.1 percent in February to 7.6 percent in March. A year ago the national rate was 8.4 percent.

The rates are not seasonally adjusted.

While employers in the state added 14,900 jobs across five major industries in March, another 19,000 were lost in six other industries, the commission reported. The state’s annual growth rate continued to be positive, adding a total of 79,600 jobs.

The construction sector marked its eight month of growth by adding 1,900 jobs in March. Other industries such as financial and professional business services also saw increases.

— Karina Ramírez