Unemployment Rate Rises for Second Month


The last time the state recorded a jobless rate as low as 4.9 percent was in October 2007.

The May rate of 3.2 percent is well below the same month past year, which had a 3.9 percent unemployment rate. Retrenchment also occurred in manufacturing, down 1,300 jobs; construction, down 700 jobs; education and health, down 600 jobs; and leisure and hospitality, down 600 jobs.

"We have more work to do matching those seeking work with the almost 63,000 jobs available across the state", Stanton stated.

In a separate report, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Texas added 24,500 jobs in May. Texas' seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent, down from 5.0 percent in April. The farm, financial activities and other job sectors each grew by 100 jobs, Weaver stated. But April estimates were revised to show a loss of 800 jobs, from an earlier estimated gain of 3,900 jobs.

In Napa County, unemployment dropped to 3.1 percent in May, down from 3.4 percent in April and 3.6 percent a year ago.

Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said the state added 13,100 jobs in May, with almost half of those coming in the leisure and hospitality sector.

On the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area, the jobless rate climbed two-tenths of a point to 3.5 percent.

In May 2016, the rate was 5.3 percent. "Those who are unemployed or feel they are underemployed are urged to stay positive and take advantage of the resources and job assistance programs offered by their local WorkOne Career Centers".