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Texas Jobless Rate At 8.2 Percent In February

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas unemployment rate for February has slipped to 8.2 percent.

The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday announced the seasonally adjusted figure compares to a statewide metro jobless rate of 8.3 percent in January.

Nationally, unemployment stood at 8.9 percent last month.

Commission Chairman Tom Pauken says hiring in the professional and business services industry rose in February, with companies adding about 14,500 jobs.

Texas total nonfarm employment was up by 22,700 jobs last month, for a total gain of 254,200 jobs from a year ago.

The Midland area had the state’s lowest unemployment rate, at 4.8 percent. The highest unemployment for Texas was in Edinburg-McAllen-Mission, at 12.2 percent.

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One Comment

  1. Rick McDaniel says:

    How many more are under employed? 8…9…10%????

    Why not report on the true picture, and not just what the government wants us to believe?

  2. Beverly A. Johnson says:

    I was called a “Black Bi__” at JPMorgan Chase Bank where I was employed July 7, 2000 until October 8, 2008. The incident was reported to Human Resources, and nothing was ever done about the behavior which violated the policies and procedures in place. Another incident happened which piggybacked on too of the degrading comment. This incident was a loud outburst of “I am sick and tire of Black History Sh__. Both employees approached me and violated not only the policies and procedures set by JPMorgan Chase, but create a hostile environment. I was encouraged to report unwarranted behavior, but when the complaints were made, I was retaliated against and harassed on a daily basis, then told by management to get over it. I was then terminated. My work performance met standards and attendance was not a problem. Why was I the only employee terminated? Does At-Will only apply when it is convenient and the company is trying to cover up bad behavior?

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