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Texas jobless rate down for second straight month

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 6.6% in October for the second straight month of declines.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the jobless figure for last month, compared to 6.8% unemployment in September.

Chairman Andres Alcantar says the Texas economy continues to show strength compared to the national private sector. The Texas unemployment rate remains more than a full percentage point below the national jobless figure of 7.9%.

The Austin-based TWC says employers across Texas added 36,600 total nonfarm jobs last month for a total of 277,400 jobs added over the year.

The Midland area had the lowest October unemployment rate in Texas at 3.3%.

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