The state's unemployment rate remained flat in May, as the state continued to add jobs.
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The only Lubbock sector to shrink is local government, which dropped from April 2011’s 15,000 to April 2012’s 14,800, a 1.3 percent decrease.
The group chooses how well a region can grow by looking at the metropolitan statistical area’s monthly employment data. Lubbock’s metropolitan statistical area includes Lubbock and Crosby Counties.
The benefits to be ended are the federally funded Extended Benefits (EB).
Texas unemployment rate has dropped to 7.1 percent
The program provides up to $2,000 in hiring incentives to hire and retain out-of-work Texans, particularly those who have received or exhausted employment benefits.
The biggest employment gains were seen in the Transportation, Warehousing, and Utilities sector for the Lubbock Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The decrease comes despite losing 100 nonfarm jobs from the area between November and December of 2011
Over 200,000 jobs were added in Texas in 2011 as the state's unemployment rate is now below 8 percent
Both state and local unemployment fell in November, with State levels dipping as low as 7.5 percent.