By Paul O'Donnell, Dallas Morning News
Texas employers are continuing to add new jobs, but the growth rate is beginning to taper off.
The state added 7,600 jobs in September, the lowest monthly gain in more than a year, according to data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. The jobless rate, however, held at 3.4% for the fourth straight month. Unemployment is at a record low since the state began tracking it in 1976.
In Dallas-Fort Worth, the jobless rate was 3.1% — down from 3.3% in August. Midland continued to lead the state with only 2% of its workforce unemployed.
TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel said continued low unemployment shows Texas’ economic strength.
“Texas’ fourth straight month of record-setting low unemployment rates highlights the competitive strength of Texas businesses, whose broad-based growth across industries provides exceptional opportunities for our highly skilled workforce,” Daniel said in a statement.
In the last 12 months, Texas employers added 300,000 new jobs.
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