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TribBlog: Texas Unemployment Unchanged

Unemployment in Texas remained at 8.2 percent for the fifth consecutive month in March. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, 995,200 people were looking for work last month.

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Unemployment in Texas remained at 8.2 percent for the fifth consecutive month in March. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, 995,200 people were looking for work last month.

The numbers were higher than those in March 2009, when 7 percent of Texans were looking for work.

The worst unemployment last month was in McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, at 11.6 percent, followed by Brownsville-Harlingen, at 11 percent, and Beaumont-Port Arthur, at 10.8 percent.

The bright spots: Amarillo, at 5.6 percent, Midland, at 5.7 percent, and Lubbock, at 5.9 percent.

The number of people looking for work was down from February, when it topped one million.

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