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Texas added 19,500 jobs in May but unemployment rose to 6.5 percent

The Texas economy added another 19,500 jobs in May but the state's unemployment rate rose to 6.5 percent, from 6.4 percent in April, as the labor force expanded, the Texas Workforce Commission said today.

Texas has added 324,700 jobs since May 2012, including 299,800 private sector jobs. In May, nine of the 11 major industries in Texas saw positive growth led by the education and health services sector, which added 5,500 jobs.

The commission said that May employment data for metro areas was not yet available due to technical difficulties affecting reporting of the labor force statistics. An updated report for May will be released when the data becomes available.

-- Steve Kaskovich


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