Unemployment report: mixed meaning for Laredo

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) -- The newest report on Texas unemployment shows an improvement this month, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

Along the Texas border unemployment is higher, but it's also been improving.

Texas as whole has a current unemployment rate of 5.1 percent.
That's better than the national average, 6.2 percent -- which closely follows the rate in Laredo.

Laredo's unemployment rate went from 6.2 to 6.3 percent in July.
This time last year, Laredo's rate was 7.2 percent.

"I'm very satisfied, I think the City of Laredo has done very well. In terms of unemployment we've had the lowest unemployment along the border," said Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas.

"We still have to work harder to get more jobs for the community."

Salinas said the rate is better than El Paso and Rio Grande Valley cities.

The Texas Workforce Commission report shows rates unemployment rates of 8.9 for Brownsville-Harlingen, 7.7 for El Paso and 9.9 for McAllen-Edinburg-Mission.


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