AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

The unemployment – or jobless rate – for the Abilene area jumped to 4.1 percent in May from 3.7 percent during April, but it was down from 5.1 percent when compared to May 2013.

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

Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate has declined for a third straight month to settle at 5.1 percent for May. The TWC said the latest seasonally adjusted jobless rate compares to 5.2 percent unemployment in April.

The chairman of the commission, Andres Alcantar, said Texas employers kept the economy moving with 383,100 jobs added over the past year. He says that's the largest such increase since September 1997.

Midland had the lowest unemployment rate statewide last month at 2.6 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest unemployment rate in Texas at 8.6 percent.