U.S. employers added 248,000 jobs last month, a burst of hiring that drove down the unemployment rate to 5.9 percent, the lowest since July 2008.
The Texas jobless rate for December has slipped to 6.1 percent in the fourth straight month of declines.
The Texas unemployment rate has risen slightly to 7 percent in June, but remains well below the 8.2 percent national jobless rate, according to figures released on Friday.
The Texas Workforce Commission reported the state’s unemployment figure is a full percentage point behind the national jobless rate.
The Texas Workforce Commission announced that the metro jobless rate held steady last month, compared to the May 2010 unemployment rate.
The Texas unemployment rate for February has slipped to 8.2 percent.
A wave of census layoffs cut the nation’s payrolls in June for the first time in six months,