Texas Unemployment Rate Drops Again in December

The state's unemployment rate fell for the fourth month in a row in December, capping off a drop of more than 1 percentage point in the rate since December 2011, the Texas Workforce Commission announced Friday.

While December's rate only dropped 0.1 percentage point — 6.2 percent to 6.1 percent — from November, the rate for the end of 2012 was 1.3 percentage points below unemployment the year before. Texas employers added 4,100 nonfarm jobs last month, adding up to 260,800 jobs gained cumulatively over the course of the year.

"With those positive strides ...

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