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State's unemployment rate falls for fourth month

Jan. 18, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 18, 2013 at 7:19 p.m.


UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

The following are the preliminary area jobless rates for December, with revised November numbers in parentheses:

Abilene 4.7 (4.6)

Amarillo 4.1 (4.1)

Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos 5.0 (4.9)

Beaumont-Port Arthur 10.0 (9.2)

Brownsville-Harlingen 10.3 (9.7)

College Station-Bryan 5.0 (5.1)

Corpus Christi 5.7 (5.4)

Dallas-Plano-Irving 5.9 (5.8)

El Paso 8.4 (8.2)

Fort Worth-Arlington 5.7 (5.6)

Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 6.0 (5.8)

Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood6.6 (6.5)

Laredo 6.1 (6.0)

Longview 5.5 (5.3)

Lubbock 4.7 (4.6)

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission10.3 (9.6)

Midland 3.1 (3.0)

Odessa 3.7 (3.6)

San Angelo 4.6 (4.5)

San Antonio-New Braunfels5.7 (5.6)

Sherman-Denison 6.7 (6.1)

Texarkana 5.7 (5.4)

Tyler 6.2 (6.1)

Victoria 5.2 (5.1)

Waco 5.6 (5.5)

SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Wichita Falls 5.5 (5.4)

Crossroads unemployment rates

Victoria County

• December 2011: 5.7%

• December 2012: 5.1%

Calhoun County

• December 2011: 8.3%

• December 2012: 5.4%

DeWitt County

• December 2011: 5.7%

• December 2012: 4.4%

Goliad County

• December 2011: 6.0%

• December 2012: 5.2%

Gonzales County

• December 2011: 4.8%

• December 2012: 4.1%

Jackson County

• December 2011: 5.6%

• December 2012: 4.7%

Lavaca County

• December 2011: 4.8%

• December 2012: 4.0%

Golden Crescent region

• December 2011: 5.8%

• December 2012: 4.8%

SOURCE: TEXAS WORKFORCE COMMISSION

AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas jobless rate slipped to 6.1 percent in December, marking the fourth straight month of declines, the Texas Workforce Commission announced Friday.

The December figure was down from 6.2 percent in November and compares to a 7.4 percent rate a year ago.

The commission said Texas employers added 4,100 nonfarm jobs in December for a total of 260,800 jobs added over the year. Six of 11 major industries in Texas added jobs in December, led by 13,300 added in professional and business services.

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

"With those positive strides and 11,800 private-sector jobs added in the past month, 2012 was a strong year for Texas, and my hope is that the Texas economy will build on that success in 2013," Alcantar said.

Manufacturing added 3,000 jobs between November and December and another goods-producing industry, mining and logging, expanded by 1,600 jobs during that time, according to the commission.

Service industries that showed positive growth over the month included those related to education, health, trade, transportation and utilities, the commission said.

Commissioner Tom Pauken said Texas' robust energy sector "not only is creating good-paying jobs for many Texans in that industry but also is spurring job growth in many other industries."

Midland had the lowest December unemployment rate in the state at 3.1 percent. Odessa came in second at 3.7 percent, and Amarillo was third at 4.1 percent.

Area rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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