Texas added 12,900 jobs in June, with the unemployment rate increasing by a tenth of a point to 7 percent, according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission. Despite the increase, the state’s unemployment rate remains more than a point below the 8.2 percent national jobless rate.
Job gains were spurred by big gains in the construction sector, where payrolls increased 9,600. Also of note was a significant uptick in the employment in the public sector, which added 3,600 jobs. Another sector seeing expansion last month was education and health services, with 3,400 jobs added.
Manufacturing did not fare as well, with 3,400 jobs lost. Another 3,700 jobs were lost in the information sector.
Over the past 12 months, the private sector in Texas has added 282,900 jobs for a 3.2 percent annual growth rate. Counting a contracting public sector, the overall economy has added 231,800 jobs for a 2.2 percent annual growth rate.