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Texas Unemployment Rate Drops Slightly, Oklahoma Holds Steady

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The Texas unemployment rate rose slightly in the most recent numbers, up 4.2% for January. As KFYO notes, the jobless rate in the Lone Star State is slightly higher than the national figure, which stands at 4.1%. Annual employment growth for January in Texas was 2%, marking 93 consecutive months of annual growth.

Amarillo’s unemployment rate, at 2.8%, is significantly lower than the statewide rate. Meanwhile, Oklahoma’s jobless rate held steady at 4.1%, a tenth of a point lower than Texas’s.

As The Oklahoman reports, the Sooner State’s unemployment figure remains unchanged since last September. Oklahoma’s figure is a tenth of a point lower than the national rate. The Oklahoma number has improved by half a point over a year ago when the state held 4.6% unemployment.