Texas employers add more than 17,000 jobs

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – The unemployment rate is down for the fifth month in a row in the state of Texas after the addition of 17,600 jobs in December 2013.

Nine out of the 11 major industries in Texas added jobs, with trade, transportation and utilities taking the lead with 8,100 positions. Over the year, their job growth accounted for 68,200 of the positions added throughout the state. Education and Health Services also saw a notable spike with the addition of 4,400 jobs.

The state’s unemployment rate decreased in December to 6 percent,  falling below the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent. The Midland Metropolitan Statistical Area had the lowest December unemployment rate in the state at 2.8 percent. The Odessa MSA came in second at 3.4 percent and the Amarillo MSA third at 4 percent.

Throughout 2013, 252,400 jobs were added in total.

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