Texas Jobless Rate Down to 7.3 Percent in January

Jobless rate is the lowest since April, 2009

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    The unemployment rate in Texas has fallen to 7.3 percent in January, the state's lowest jobless figure in nearly three years.

    The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday that the unemployment rate fell from 7.4 percent in December. The state figure remains below the national rate of 8.3 percent.

    The commission says the jobless rate is the lowest since April 2009.

    Texas added 67,200 nonfarm jobs in January, and commission Chairman Tom Pauken says the state is "seeing substantial economic growth."

    Nine of the 11 major industries in Texas added jobs in January, led by professional and business services with 18,100 jobs.

    Midland had by far the lowest local jobless rate at 4.1 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the highest at 11.7 percent.