Texas, Local Jobless Rates Rose In January

AUSTIN (March 8, 2013)--The Texas unemployment rate for January ticked up to 6.3 percent from a seasonally adjusted 6.2 percent in December and 7.2 percent in January 2012.

Nationwide unemployment was 7.9 percent in January, but slipped to 7.7 percent in February.

Statewide unemployment figures for February will be released later this month.

Local rates, which aren't seasonally adjusted, rose slightly, as well in January.

The January jobless rate in Waco was 6.5 percent, up from 5.7 percent in December, but lower than the 7.1 percent recorded in January 2012.

The unemployment rate for the Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood area was 7.6 percent in January, up from 6.7 percent in December, but lower than the 8.2 percent recorded in January 2012.

Workforce officials say Texas employers continued to expand their payrolls in January with the addition of 10,400 total nonfarm jobs for a total of 310,900 jobs added during 2012.

Chairman Andres Alcantar said the Texas economy continues to add jobs and create opportunity with growth in all 11 major industries over the last year.

Midland had the lowest statewide unemployment in January at 3.4 percent while the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state's highest jobless rate at 11.6 percent.

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