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12/21/2012

Texas jobless rate lowest in nearly four years

 The Texas unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in November, down from 6.6 percent in October and the lowest since December 2008, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday. The state's jobless rate was down more than a percentage point from 7.3 percent a year ago and remains well below the national rate of 7.7 percent.  Texas employers added 22,100 total nonfarm jobs in November for a total of 278,800 jobs added over the year,  TWC said.

In Fort Worth-Arlington, the jobless rate improved even more, falling to 5.6 percent in November from 6.1 percent in October and 7 percent a year ago. Those local metro numbers are not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, while the state numbers are. The comparable unadjusted jobless rate in November was 5.8 percent for Texas and 7.4 percent for the United States. The state's lowest jobless rates were 3 percent in Midland and 3.6 percent in nearby Odessa, in the middle of the Permian Basin oil boom. Brownville-Harlingen had the highest rate at 9.7 percent.

-- Jim Fuquay

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