Texas adds more than 46,000 jobs in July

This April 22, 2014 photo shows an employment application form sits on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y. The Labor Department releases employment data for April on Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

AUSTIN (AP) — Unemployment across Texas held steady at 5.1 percent in July.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced last month’s jobless figure matches the state’s unemployment rates for May and June.

Nationwide unemployment in July rose slightly to 6.2 percent.

TWC officials say the Texas economy showed steady growth in July, adding 46,600 seasonally-adjusted nonfarm jobs. The statewide economy has expanded by 396,200 jobs in the past year, a 3.5 percent annual growth rate.

The Midland area had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas last month at 2.9 percent. The July jobless rate for neighboring Odessa was 3.6 percent.

The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest statewide unemployment at 9.9 percent, according to TWC figures.

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