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Texas Unemployment Rate Slips to 4.6 Percent in December

Staff Report
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.

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