The employment rate for the Tyler area remained steady in August.

Last month's 93.2 percent matched the employment rate for July, which was the first time the area saw an increase in three months, according to figures released by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The employment rate for June was 93 percent, down from the 93.4 percent in May and 93.8 percent in April.

Local employment for August was an increase from 92.8 percent seen here a year ago.

Tyler figures remained just below the state's employment rate but above the nation's.

"Every major industry in Texas showed positive annual job growth and Texas employers added 274,000 jobs over the year," Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar said in a prepared statement.

The employment rate for Texas was 93.7 percent in August, up from 93.3 percent in July and 93.1 percent a year ago.

The nation's employment rate came in last month at 92.7 percent, an increase from 92.3 percent the month before and 91.8 percent in August 2012.

In Texas last month, there were 36,800 nonfarm jobs added, but total nonfarm employment decreased slightly in August by 6,400 jobs. The state added 26,600 jobs over the last three months, the Workforce Commission reported.

"A number of industries are showing strength in Texas, including manufacturing, which grew by 2,600 jobs in August," Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton said.

Employers in mining and logging added 1,900 jobs to their industries, which have the highest annual growth rate, 5.5 percent, among the major fields in Texas.

Professional and business services added 2,900 positions over the month. The industry has added 58,200 jobs, for a 4.1 percent annual growth rate, over the year.

"Texans continued to find jobs in the education and health services industry, which added 6,700 jobs in August, for a total of 39,700 jobs since last year," Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade said. "Overall, the state's private sector continued to grow at nearly 3 percent annually."

At 96.8 percent, Midland once again had the highest employment rate in the state, while at 89.2 percent, the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area continued to have the lowest rate.

Alcantar encouraged Texans looking for work to visit their local Workforce Solutions office to access free job search tools. Job opportunities across the state can also be found at


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