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Dallas Fed: Texas Adds 33,700 Jobs in September, 18,200 Jobs in October; Unemployment Rates Steady in Most Major Metro Areas

For immediate release: November 22, 2013

DALLAS—Texas added 33,700 jobs in September and 18,200 jobs in October, according to seasonally adjusted and benchmarked payroll employment numbers released today by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

Year to date, Texas has added 221,300 jobs. The state added 2,400 jobs in August.

Unemployment rates in eight of nine major Texas metro areas remained stable from September to October, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the Dallas Fed. Only McAllen-Edinburg-Mission’s unemployment rate fell, moving from 10.7 percent in September to 10.6 percent in October.

The Dallas Fed improves the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) payroll employment estimates for Texas by incorporating preliminary benchmarks into the data in a more timely manner and by using a two-step seasonal adjustment technique. Texas metropolitan area unemployment rates from the BLS are also seasonally adjusted by the Dallas Fed.

The Dallas Fed also recently made available monthly updates of seasonally adjusted employment data by industry at the state and metro levels for Texas.

Note: Two months of data were released today due to delays in BLS data caused by the partial government shutdown in October.

Next Release Date: December 20


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