June 23, 2011
By COLLIN EATON
Texas’ employment outlook dimmed in May as payrolls rose by only 8,800 jobs, a weak monthly gain after seven months of much stronger job market growth.
The payroll numbers amount to a sharp slowdown from April, when Texas added 30,300 jobs. It’s also the state’s worst month since September 2010, when Texas lost 200 jobs.
However, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that the state unemployment rate stayed flat at 8 percent in May after months of inching lower. . .
But one bad month does not constitute a trend, and payroll numbers show that Texas created about one in every six jobs in the U.S. in May, said Bernard Weinstein, an economist at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.
“It’s a pretty mixed picture out there,” Weinstein said. “But I don’t think we’re looking at a double-dip recession.”
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