Texas Jobless Rate Drops, Local Rates Tick Up Slightly

AUSTIN (January 18, 2013)—The state’s jobless rate fell to 6.1 percent in December, the fourth straight month of declines, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

The statewide jobless rate in November was 6.2 percent.

In December 2012 it was 7.4 percent.

Unemployment rates, in Central Texas, which aren’t seasonally adjusted, rose slightly.

Waco’s jobless rate increased from 5.5 percent in November to 5.6 percent in December. In December 2012, the rate was 6.7 percent.

The Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood rate increased from 6.5 percent in November to 6.6 percent in December. In December 2012, it was 7.6 percent.

TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar said 2012 was a strong year for the Texas economy with overall annual growth of 2.5 percent.

TWC officials in Austin say Texas employers added 4,100 total nonfarm jobs last month for a total of 260,800 jobs added over the year.

Six out of 11 major industries in Texas added jobs in December, led by 13,300 jobs added in professional and business services.

“I’m glad to see the unemployment rate has dropped by more than a full point over the course of the year,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton.

“Positive economic growth is good news for the workers of Texas, and TWC is committed to helping those still looking to get back to work.”

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