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Texas Unemployment Drops to 7.1%

Unemployment rates fell in most U.S. states last month as a growing economy encouraged employers across the country to step up hiring.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates declined in 28 states in February. That included Texas, where unemployment fell to 7.1%, down from 7.3% in January. Rates rose in eight states and were unchanged in 13 plus Washington, DC.

The improvement was broader in January, when unemployment rates fell in 45 states. Still, job growth was more widespread than in previous months. Employers added jobs in 42 states, the most in almost a year. Ohio, Texas, and New York reported the biggest job gains.

Nationwide, the economy added 227,000 net jobs in February. The unemployment rate stayed at 8.3% after five straight months of declines.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media’s coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas delegations in the U.S. House and Senate, as well as the Texas governorship, the state legislature, and county and city governments. Before taking up his current post, Andrew...

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