Texas sees unemployment rate drop in December, Austin posts second-lowest rate

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Texas employers posted another month of record employment gains in December, according to the latest data released Friday by the Texas Workforce Commission.

Employers across the state added a total of 29,50 jobs in December, marking the 14th consecutive record employment high in the state - coming after the state recovered to pre-COVID levels in November 2021.

The state's seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate fell for the first time in three months, officials said, to 3.9 percent - falling below the 4 percent threshold for the first time since February 2020.

Education and health services led job growth in December with 12,700 positions added, followed by financial activities, which grew by 6,300 jobs. Manufacturing employment added 5,500 jobs over the month.

Amarillo and Midland lead the state with the lowest unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) at 2.6 percent, followed by Austin-Round Rock at 2.7 percent and Bryan-College Station at 2.8 percent.

McAllen-Edinburg-Mission has the state's highest unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) at 6.8 percent, followed by Beaumont-Port Arthur at 6.3 percent.

More details on the monthly report can be found at TWC's website.

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