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By ANNA-MEGAN RALEY, CBS Houston
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For the 10th consecutive month, more jobs have been added in Texas. In July, the Texas  Workforce Commission saw 29,300 new jobs created across the state.

“While nine of the 11 major industries registered employment gains over the month, Texas continues to feel the effects of a stagnant national economy as unemployment increased to 8.4 percent,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken.

The commission saw the largest growth in the trade, transportation, and utilities industry, which added 15,300 jobs of r a 2.8-percent job growth in July.

The manufacturing industry added 3,700 jobs. The mining and logging industry added another 3,700 and has added 39,500 jobs since July, 2010, which is 18.9-percent growth in Texas.

Houston’s Jobless Rate Improves

The geographical triangle of the Houston, Sugar Land, Baytown areas are clustered together for statistical data regarding jobs and unemplyment rates. The area has seen a slight dip in the jobless rate, which is down to 8.9 percent in July from 9.0 percent in June. However, the jobless rate in Houston was 8.7 percent in July, 2010.

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