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State jobless rate dips; local rates increase

The stateís job market started 2015 with a lower unemployment rate in January than in December.

However, the rates increased for Hockley, Cochran and several other area counties.

A news release showed that Texasí seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 4.6 percent in December to 4.4 percent in January.

The state added 20,100 seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in January for a total increase of 392,900 jobs over the year.

ìWe are pleased to see that the growth of jobs in our state is continuing,î said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres Alcantar. ìTexas employers added 20,100 jobs including growth in nine of 11 major industries in January, which is a great testament to the strength and resilience of our economy and labor market.

Texas is approaching the 12 million jobs milestone, with 11,769,600 jobs now in the state, said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Hope Andrade.

Employers continue to propel Texas on a path paved with growth and innovation,î said Andrade.
The local job picture was mixed.

The unemployment rate in Hockley County rose from 3.0 percent in December to 3.7 percent in January.

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