AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas unemployment rate for August slipped to 4.1 percent for the state's lowest jobless level since January 2001.

The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that last month's jobless rate compares to a nationwide unemployment figure of 5.1 percent.

Statewide unemployment held steady in June and July at 4.2 percent.

The commission says the Austin-Round Rock and Midland areas had the lowest unemployment in Texas last month at 3.2 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission region had the state's highest jobless rate at 7.9 percent.

TWC officials say leisure and hospitality led all major industries in Texas with an expansion of 5,900 jobs in August.