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Greater Houston Unemployment Rate At 4.8 Percent For January

Across Texas, Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate at 3.0 percent, while the McAllen-area had the highest at 8.1 percent.

While Houston has enjoyed strong job growth, statistics show employment prospects can vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.
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The January unemployment rate across Greater Houston is at 4.8 percent, the Texas Workforce Commission announced Friday. By comparison, the rate was 4.6 percent in January 2015. (See the full list below.)

The Texas jobless rate has started the year on a lower note with 4.5 percent unemployment during January. That compares to a revised December statewide jobless rate of 4.6 percent. Nationwide unemployment was 4.9 percent in January.

TWC figures show Amarillo had the lowest unemployment rate in Texas during January at 3.0 percent. The McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area had the state’s highest jobless rate at 8.1 percent.

Commission officials say Texas employers expanded their payrolls in January with the addition of 31,400 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs. That marks the 10th consecutive month of job growth for the state.

TWC chairman Andres Alcantar says Texas employers added 187,400 jobs over the past year, highlighting the diversity of the state’s economy.

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