Unemployment Rate Almost Triples in Lubbock in April; Similar Increases Across West Texas
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent clamping down on the Texas economy through government policy had a dramatic impact on the state's unemployment rate in April.
On Friday, the Texas Workforce Commission reported over 1.298 million non-farm jobs were lost during April. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate almost tripled to 12.8 percent.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a measurable effect on the Texas economy," said TWC Chairman Bryan Daniel. “While we will continue to provide assistance to those seeking unemployment benefits, many employers are hiring and TWC is working to provide resources to job seekers as well as employers as the state opens up.”
Lubbock's unemployment rate increased from 3.9 percent in March to 9.9 percent in April. Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate in the state, in April, at 8.8 percent; up from 3.6 percent in March.
Double-digit unemployment rates are now present in the Permian Basin: 10.2 percent in Midland, and 13.5 percent in Odessa. San Angelo's unemployment rate increased from 4.3 percent to 10.6 percent. Wichita Falls' unemployment rate increased from 4.5 percent in March to 11.3 percent in April.
“We are here to not only help Texas employers match up with the skilled workers they need to recover but also to provide them with answers and the best information available as they safely and strategically reopen,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Aaron Demerson. “TWC is committed to engaging with all businesses across Texas as we continue to strengthen our relationships and proactively work to create and expand opportunities for all. My office remains available to continue helping Texas employers navigate through this pandemic.”
Finally, the Leisure and Hospitality sector of the Texas economy lost 38.7 percent of its jobs in April; the biggest hit to a sector in Texas. Meanwhile, the government sector lost 1.9 percent of its jobs in April, the lowest percent change in the state along with the Financial Activities sector.
Read the complete April report by clicking this link.
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