Unemployment rates rise here and in state

The state’s unemployment rate increased slightly in May, when increases were also reported in Hockley and Cochran counties.

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate rose from 4.2 percent in April to 4.3 percent in May.

It was below the nationís jobless rate of 5.5 percent.

The rate for Hockley County increased from 3.5 percent in April to 3.8 percent in May. It was 3.8 percent in May 2014.

A report from the Texas Workforce Commission noted that 11,953 people were working in the county last month; 476 were out of work.

Cochran Countyís jobless rate went from 3.9 percent in May to 4.5 percent last month. The rate was 5.1 percent in May 2014.

However, the rate declined in Lamb County.

It fell from 7.9 percent in April to 7.6 percent last month. The rate stood at 5.3 percent in May 2014.

Despite the slight increase in the stateís unemployment rate, Texas added nonfarm jobs in May.

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