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03/10/2011

Texas adds 44,000 jobs in January, Workforce Commission reports

Texas added 44,100 jobs in January, led by trade, transportation and utilities, the Texas Workforce Commission said Thursday.

The state’s jobless rate remained at 8.3 percent, unchanged from December.

In the 12 months through January, Texas added 253,900 jobs, the commission said.

“Employers continued to expand their workforces in January as we saw hiring across a majority of Texas industries,” Tom Pauken, the Workforce Commission chairman, said in a release.

  • Trade, transportation and utilities added 15,800 jobs.
  • Education and Health Services added 7,600 positions in January and added 47,200 over the year.
  • Manufacturing added 5,600 jobs.
  • Mining and Logging added 4,000 jobs.
  • Construction jumped by 3,700 positions and added 33,400 positions over the year.
  • Professional and Business Services employment increased by 2,900 jobs, for a total 45,400 jobs added in the last year.

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

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