Texas Unemployment Drops

DALLAS (AP) Texas unemployment declined in February to settle at 4.1 percent. That compares to a January metro jobless rate of 4.3.

The Texas Workforce Commission today reports employers added 13,500 jobs in February, up from a revised gain of 10,300 the previous month.

It marked the 10th consecutive month of job growth in the state. The national unemployment rate for February was 4.8 percent, down from 4.9 percent in January. The lowest unemployment rate in the state continued to be in Midland, at 2.6 percent. Experts say Midland has been helped by an increase in oil and gas exploration and production. The highest jobless rate, 6.5 percent, was in the McAllen-Edinburg-Mission area.

The statewide numbers are adjusted for seasonal trends in hiring and firing. Following are the preliminary February jobless rates for local areas in Texas, with January figures in parentheses. The figures are not seasonally adjusted. The statewide unadjusted jobless rate was 4.3 percent in February, down from 4.6 percent in January.


   Abilene 3.5 (3.9)
   Amarillo 3.2 (3.5)
   Austin-Round Rock 3.6 (3.9)
   Beaumont-Port Arthur 5.5 (6.2)
   Brownsville-Harlingen 5.9 (6.5)
   College Station-Bryan 3.4 (3.8)
   Corpus Christi 4.3 (4.8)
   Dallas-Plano-Irving 4.3 (4.6)
   El Paso 5.5 (5.9)
   Fort Worth-Arlington 4.2 (4.5)
   Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown 4.2 (4.5)
   Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood 4.5 (4.9)
   Laredo 5.0 (5.3)
   Longview 3.8 (4.2)
   Lubbock 3.3 (3.6)
   McAllen-Edinburg-Mission 6.5 (7.3)
   Midland 2.6 (2.9)
   Odessa 3.1 (3.4)
   San Angelo 3.5 (3.9)
   San Antonio 4.0 (4.4)
   Sherman-Denison 4.8 (5.1)
   Texarkana 4.6 (5)
   Tyler 4.5 (4.9)
   Victoria 3.4 (3.7)
   Waco 3.9 (4.4)
   Wichita Falls 4.0 (4.3)