Unemployment rates drop across West Texas - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Unemployment rates drop across West Texas

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Unemployment continues to drop across Texas. According to the latest numbers, released by the Texas Workforce Commission on Friday, the rate fell to 5.2 percent in April.

That's down from 5.5 percent in March, and 6.4 percent a year ago.

The national unemployment rate sits at 6.3 percent.

Lubbock tied with College Station for the fourth lowest unemployment rate in the state at 3.5 percent Midland continues to have the lowest rate, falling to 2.3 percent in April.

For more information, visit: http://www.twc.state.tx.us/news/press/2014/051614epress.pdf

In Hale County, the unemployment rate has fallen below 10 percent for the first time since the Cargill meat packing plant closed back in January of 2013.

April's rate fell to 9.1 percent, down from 10.4 percent in March, and almost 6 percent below the peak rate of 15 percent in June of 2013.

Kevin Carter, Executive Director of the Plainview Hale County Economic Development Corp. tells the Plainview Daily Herald: "It's encouraging news that the downward trend is continuing, although we still face a long recovery."

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