The Texas economy added jobs in September, when unemployment rates declined in both Hockley and Cochran counties.
Over the year, the state added 413,700 total non-farm jobs, the largest gain over a 12-month period ever recorded in Texas.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate also dipped, sliding from 5.3 percent in August to 5.2 percent last month.
Texas reached a milestone in September.
The seasonally adjusted civilian labor force population in the state topped 13 million for the first time at 13,005,600 individuals.
The increase in the labor force did not occur everywhere.
Hockley County’s labor force dipped from 13,561 in September 2013 to 13,454 last month.
The county’s jobless rate also declined.
It was 4.4 percent in September 2013 and 3.4 percent this September.
Cochran County’s labor force remained unchanged.