The Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas unemployment rate slipped to 4.6 percent in December for a fourth straight month of declines.
The Texas Workforce Commission on Friday reported that compares to a November jobless rate of 4.9 percent.
The December statewide jobless figure was the lowest since May 2008 and compares to 6.0 percent unemployment a year earlier.
The nationwide unemployment rate last month hit a six-year low at 5.6 percent.
Midland had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas at 2.1 percent, while Odessa's jobless rate for December was 2.6 percent.
Commission figures show the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state's highest unemployment at 7.8 percent.