The Texas economic recovery showed mixed signs in April as payroll growth softened but most other indicators of activity posted solid gains, the Dallas Federal Reserve reports. The unemployment rate ticked down in April. Total Texas unemployment claims rose in the week ending May 1, though that number will likely fall as Texas opts out of federal pandemic unemployment assistance in June. The Texas Leading Index grew robustly in April, and Texas Business Outlook Survey respondents were increasingly optimistic in their company outlooks. Texas exports slipped in March.