Texas Unemployment Up Slightly for January

The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in January to start the year at four percent.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported that compares to the December statewide jobless rate of 3.9 percent.

Nationwide unemployment held steady in February at 4.1 percent. Texas jobless figures for February will be released on March 23.

Commission figures show Midland had the lowest unemployment in Texas during January at 2.4 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state's highest unemployment during January at 7.6 percent.

TWC officials say the Texas economy has added 240,500 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs over the year, including 16,000 jobs added in January.

Commissioner Julian Alvarez says the Texas labor market has had 93 consecutive months of positive annual growth.

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