Despite a slight increase in unemployment, Lubbock continues to add jobs.

The Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Crosby and Lubbock Counties added 1,200 jobs to total nonfarm employment for July.

Government employment continues to decline, showing a loss of 300 jobs in that sector from June to July of this year. The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities sector and Education and Health Services increased by 400 jobs each.

The Lubbock MSA unemployment rate for July actually decreased to 7.2 percent from July’s 7.3 percent, but falls short of July 2010’s 6.9 percent.

The amount of wages per industry is topped by the information sector, making up $301.5 million, followed by Trade, Transportation, and Utilities at $199.6 million.

The total unemployment rate for the South Plains Workforce Development Area decreased to 7.4 percent for July, down from June’s 7.5 percent, but still up from July 2010’s 7.0 percent.

The SPWDA consists of Bailey, Cochran, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Hockley, King, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Terry, and Yoakum counties.