Texas Jobless Rate Holds Steady

Thursday, Mar 25, 2010  |  Updated 1:45 PM CDT
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Texas Jobless Rate Holds Steady

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398086 04: An Enron employee leaves the company's headquarters after being laid off December 3,2001 in Houston, Texas. Enron filed for Chapter 11 protection and sued rival Dynegy Inc. for $10 billion as it tries to recover from a tailspin that has crippled the one-time energy giant. The company said an undetermined number of its 21,000 workers, mostly among the 7,500 in Houston, would be laid off. (Photo by James Nielsen/Getty Images)

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The Texas Workforce Commission says the state's unemployment rate held steady at 8.2 percent in February despite the loss of 13,000 jobs.

  The job losses announced Thursday offset a revised January gain of 12,600 jobs. The Texas work force grew by 40,200 and now stands at 12.1 million workers.
 
The state's jobless rate remained below the national figure of 9.7 percent.
 
Commission Chairman Tom Pauken says the jobless rate appears to have stabilized but that the recession is still negative affecting the Texas economy.
 
Amarillo has the lowest local unemployment rate at 5.7 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area is the highest at 11.8.

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