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Unemployment rates rise across city, county

The city and county unemployment rates increased slightly from April to May, but both remained below state and national rates.

For May, Denton County’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, up slightly from 4.3 percent in April.

The city’s unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, up from 3.8 percent last month.

Statewide, the unemployment rate remains well below the national average. Texas currently has a 5.1 percent unemployment rate, while the nation’s rate is a full percentage point higher.

Local unemployment rates in May were lower than last year, when the city’s rate was 5.1 percent and the county’s was 5.5 percent.

Statewide, the economy added 56,400 jobs. The largest areas of growth in the past month were in education, health services, and leisure and hospitality.

— Jenna Duncan