The Texas Workforce Commission said Friday the state unemployment rate for April remains a full point below the national rate of 7.5 percent.
State officials said that the Texas unemployment rate rose very slightly in February to 6.4 percent, but add that leading industries continue to show growth.
The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the lowest level in five years, evidence that employers are cutting fewer jobs and may step up hiring.
The Texas jobless rate for December has slipped to 6.1 percent in the fourth straight month of declines.
More Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, though the winter holidays likely distorted the data for the second straight week.
The state of the economy during a child’s infancy may have an influence on their level of substance abuse and delinquent behavior later in life.
The Texas unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in November for the third straight monthly decline.
Millions of unemployed Americans have another reason to worry about “fiscal cliff” budget talks that seek to avoid looming tax increases and dire spending cuts come January.
An increase in hiring helped lower unemployment rates in 37 states last month, the latest indication that the job market is healing. Unemployment rates are below 7 percent in 23 states.
There is a new breed of truthers on the right. Joining the paranoid ranks of the advocates of a government role in 9-11 and the birthers fascination with President Obama’s birth certificate are conservatives that believe the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is making up jobs numbers to benefit President Obama.
The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 6.6 percent in October, from 6.8 percent in September, for the second straight month of declines.
The number of people seeking unemployment benefits fell last week by 8,000 to a seasonally adjusted 355,000, a possible sign of a healing job market.
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