The number of Texans working was up in April, but so was the number of people looking for work. As a result, the Texas Workforce Commission reports, the unemployment rate was 8.3 percent, up from 8.2 percent in March, and 7.3 percent in April 2009. That's against a national rate of 9.9 percent.
The worst employment situation in Texas is in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, where seasonally unadjusted unemployment hit 11.1 percent last month. It was 10.8 in Brownsville-Harlingen, and 10.6 percent in Beaumont-Port Arthur.
The bright spots? Amarillo and Midland, at 5.6 percent each, and Lubbock and College Station-Bryan, each at 5.9 percent