Texas Unemployment Rate Shoots Up To 6 Percent

Friday, Jan 23, 2009  |  Updated 12:15 PM CDT
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Texas Unemployment Rate Shoots Up To 6 Percent

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The Texas Workforce Commission says the state unemployment rate is up to 6.0 percent and 25,700 jobs were lost in December.

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The Texas Workforce Commission says the state unemployment rate is up to 6.0 percent and 25,700 jobs were lost in December.

The unemployment rate announced Friday was a sharp increase from 5.7 percent in November and 4.2 percent a year ago. The monthly job loss was the second since September, after the state went more than a year without a net job loss in a month.

Texas has still gained more than 150,000 jobs over the past year compared with job losses of 2.6 million nationally. But commission chairman Tom Pauken says the national economic storm has reached Texas.

The Texas unemployment rate remains below the national rate of 7.2 percent.

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