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Job Numbers Up, Unemployment Down In Texas, Houston

The state has now experienced job growth in 18 of the last 19 months.

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Florian Martin
Greater Houston added 18,400 net jobs in October.

The state's economy grew by an estimated 13,700 nonfarm jobs in October. That's the seasonally adjusted number as reported by the Texas Workforce Commission.

"The trade, transportation and utilities industry recorded the largest private industry employment gain over the month with 8,200 jobs added," Commissioner Ruth Hughs, who represents employers for the state agency, said.

The financial and manufacturing sectors also grew significantly, adding 4,400 and 2,000 net jobs respectively.

The actual (not seasonally adjusted) number of jobs in the oil and gas industry grew slightly, by 900.

In Houston, oil and gas employment went down in October, by 500 jobs. Overall, nonfarm employment in Houston grew by just over half a percent last month.

Both the local and state unemployment rate went down. It stood at 5.1 percent in Houston and 4.4 percent in Texas. That compares to 4.7 percent nationwide.

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