AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas unemployment rate has fallen for a sixth consecutive month to 7.1 percent in February as the state had a third straight month of job growth exceeding 20,000 positions.

According to Texas Workforce Commission figures released Friday, the jobless rate was down from 7.3 percent in January and has dropped a full percentage point since August.

The February jobless rate is the lowest since March 2009.

The commission says Texas added 27,900 nonfarm jobs in February.

Commission figures show that government was the leading industry in job gains with a jump of 12,800 positions in February. The commission says eight of 11 major job sectors gained positions.

The national unemployment rate has been falling fast as well and is at 8.3 percent.

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