Austin employers add 2,800 jobs in April


by & The Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2010 at 11:39 AM

There’s positive news on the employment front. 

Workforce Solutions Friday reported that employers in the Austin-Round Rock area added 2,800 jobs in April.  That’s the first time in nearly a year the region has seen positive job growth.

The unemployment rate for the area was 7 percent in April, down slightly from 7.1 percent in March.  It was 6.2 percent a year ago.
Workforce Solutions reports most of the jobs were added in the leisure and hospitality industry and education and health services.  Manufacturing and construction lost jobs.

“The good news is that the region continues to add jobs,” said Alan Miller, executive director of Workforce Solutions – Capital Area, in a news release.  “We need to be looking beyond the number of new jobs and looking at the types of jobs that are being added – in terms of skills and wages.”

For the state as a whole, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday the jobless rate jumped from 8.2 percent in March. The state added 32,500 nonagricultural jobs in April for a total increase of 79,000 jobs in 2010, according to commission figures.

The commission says the work force in Texas grew by 51,000 in April, outpacing the increase in jobs.

The Texas jobless rate remained below the national unemployment figure of 9.9 percent.

Workforce commission Chairman Tom Pauken says the April employment results were "mixed."

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