Local unemployment rate dipped to 5.4 percent in August

The Houston area unemployment rate dipped slightly to 5.4 percent in August, down from 5.5 percent the previous month, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Friday. The local jobless rate is not seasonally adjusted for typical employment swings.The rate usually moves down each August as school bus drivers, school cafeteria workers and students leave the summer job market and either return to their regular jobs and students go back to school. Statewide, however, the data is seasonally adjusted. In Texas, the unemployment rate edged up to 5.3 percent in August, up from 5.1 percent in July, the commission reported Friday.Of the 11 major sectors in Texas, seven added jobs in August. The biggest gainer was professional and business services while the sector that lost the most was leisure and hospitality. The U.S. unemployment rate is 6.1 percent. href='http://www.chron.com/business/economy/article/Local-unemployment-rate-dipped-to-5-4-percent-in-5766981.php' - http://www.chron.com/business/economy/article/Local-unemployment-rate-dipped-to-5-4-percent-in-5766981.php -