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Heart of Texas region sees uptick in unemployment rate

Waco, Texas ⎯ TWC’s reports show the unemployment rate for the Heart of Texas region increased to 3.5% in May with a total of 712 unemployment claims, a slight uptick from April’s 3.3%. Job growth for the region continues, with an increase of 600 jobs from April. The Private Service Providing industry took the lead with 400 jobs added in May.

The 3.5% regional unemployment rate for May consisted of 6,059 unemployed residents in the Heart of Texas area. This rate sits below the state’s (3.8%) and just above the national unemployment rate (3.4%).

All six counties in the Heart of Texas region saw increases in unemployment rates. McLennan County, with the lowest unemployment rate, increased to 3.3%, followed by Bosque County (3.4%), Hill County (3.5%),  Falls (3.9%), and Limestone County (4.4%). Freestone County continues to remain the highest at 5.5%.

For more information on the May 2022 Labor Market data, view our Labor Market Profile. For in-depth information about the Heart of Texas region’s unemployment claims, visit Want the latest local labor market information delivered to your inbox? Opt-in here.

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Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas provides comprehensive services for businesses and job seekers in its six-county service area, which includes Bosque, Falls, Freestone, Hill, Limestone, and McLennan counties. Workforce Solutions for the Heart of Texas is one of 28 local workforce development boards under the direction of and funded by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).

Source: Texas Workforce Commission
Note: All unemployment rates listed are not seasonally adjusted. All data reported based on latest Labor Market data release as of June  17, 2022.


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