Midland Loses Lowest Unemployment Title

AUSTIN (AP) - New numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission show the state's unemployment rate remaining steady at 6.7 percent in April.

Midland's unemployment now sits at 4.5 percent. Midland had enjoyed the lowest unemployment in Texas for months.

Odessa's unemployment rate is now 6.6 percent.

Workforce officials say that's lower than the rising 8.9 percent U.S. unemployment rate. But it's still far higher than it was a year ago. Texas lost 39,500 nonagricultural jobs in April.

Professional and business services had the largest monthly drop with 20,100 jobs lost. The largest industry gains in April were in leisure and hospitality, with 10,600 job added. Education and health services also gained.

With an 8.9 percent unemployment rate, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission region was hardest hit. The Amarillo area fared best with a 4.1 percent unemployment rate.