Lubbock's Unemployment Rate Rose in May

Published 06/21 2014 02:30PM

Updated 06/21 2014 06:36PM

LUBBOCK, TX -- Lubbock’s local unemployment rate rose from 3.5 percent in April to 3.8 percent in May according to the latest numbers released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission. 

Numbers show very little increase in the number of people with a job. The driving factor in Lubbock’s higher unemployment rate for May was an increase in the certified labor force from an estimated 149,600 to an estimated 150,600. 

The Texas Workforce Commission says the Midland area has the lowest unemployment rate in the state, followed by Odessa, Amarillo and Lubbock. The statewide unadjusted employment rate for Texas is now at 5.1 percent, up from 4.7 percent in April.  

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