The numbers show a modest increase in the number of people with a job. The driving factor in Lubbock’s lower unemployment rate for April was a reduction in the certified labor force from an estimated 150,300 to an estimated 149,600.
In simple terms, fewer people were participating in the job market within Lubbock’s metropolitan statistical area.
Lubbock was tied with College Station/Bryan for fourth best unemployment rate in Texas. Lubbock’s numbers are not seasonally adjusted, and statewide the unadjusted employment rate was 4.7 percent. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Texas in April was 5.2 percent.