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Unemployment Up In The Upper Valley, Down In The Lower Valley

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Mixed unemployment numbers for the Rio Grande Valley last month. The November unemployment rate in the Brownsville-Harlingen area dipped .1% to 6.9%. But the jobless rate increased .1% in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission metro area to 7.7%.

Statewide, unemployment declined .2% to 5.2%, and the Texas Workforce Commission says with the number of new jobs added in November, the state has now gained back all of the jobs that had been lost during the coronavirus pandemic that hit Texas in March of last year. And in another gauge of the strength of the state’s economy, there were job gains in all of the 11 sectors measured by the commission.

The Professional and Business Services sector saw the highest number of new hires while the energy industry had the biggest percentage increase in new jobs.

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