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01/21/2011

Texas adds 230,800 jobs in 2010

Texas added 20,000 jobs in December and was up a total 230,800 over a year ago, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

The state’s unemployment rate, however, rose to 8.3 percent from 8.2 percent from both a month and a year earlier, as the number of people looking for work rose.

The state lost 359,000 jobs in 2009.

Seven of 11 industries added jobs statewide in December over the previous month, led by construction, which added 8,700 jobs.

"The annual job growth rate in Texas has steadily risen every month during the past 12 months," Tom Pauken, the Workforce Commission chairman, said.

Texas had a total 10.449 million nonfarm jobs in December. Here’s a look at Texas industries, total December jobs, change over a year earlier, and change over November:

Mining and logging: 228,600, up 29,400, up 1,400

Construction: 586,300, up 32,300, up 8,700

Manufacturing: 840,500, up 28,000, up 3,100

Trade, transportation and utilities: 2,040,600, down 3,200, down 300

Information: 187,800, down 12,900, down 800

Financial activities: 631,100, up 4,900, up 800

Professional and business services: 1,287,300, up 64,100, down 3,300

Education and health services: 1,407,200, up 46,000, down 4,500

Leisure and hospitality: 1,026,600, up 25,000, up 6,600

Other services: 368,800, up 12,200, up 3,400

Government: 1,844,900, up 5,000, up 4,900

The state’s civilian labor force rose to 12.21 million in December from 12.17 million a month earlier, and 12 million a year earlier.

The Fort Worth-Arlington area had 858,300 nonfarm jobs in December, compared to 850,000 a year earlier. The area’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent from 8.2 percent a month earlier and 8 percent in December 2009.

- Scott Nishimura, jobs and workplace reporter, Star-Telegram

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