AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

The unemployment – or jobless rate – for the Abilene area dropped to 4.2 percent in March from 4.6 percent during February 2014 and 5 percent during March 2013.

That’s according to the “not seasonally adjusted” employment estimates released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

That compares to an unadjusted U.S. jobless rate of 6.8 percent (compared to 7.6 percent during March 2013) and an unadjusted Texas jobless rate of 5.3 percent (compared to 6.3 percent during March 2013).

According to the TWC, Texas employers added 9,100 jobs last month - for a total of 310,000 jobs added over the year.

The Midland area had the lowest jobless rate last month across Texas, at 2.7 percent. TWC figures show the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state's highest unemployment rate at 9.4 percent.