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Houston Unemployment Rises To 7.5%

The latest statistics from the Texas Workforce Commission show a bump up in Houston’s jobless numbers in June.

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Houston’s unemployment rate jumped to 7.5% in June, up from just under 7% in May. Texas as a whole registered 7% unemployment, up a tenth of a percentage point from last month, but still down just over a percentage point from June of last year.

The national jobless rate was unchanged from last month at just over 8%, according to numbers out today from the U.S. Labor Department.

The state added just shy of 13,000 jobs for June, roughly on par with May. The biggest job gains came in construction, while the biggest losses came in professional and business services.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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