AUSTIN –The Texas seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 8.2 percent in January, unchanged from a revised 8.2 percent in December 2009, and continued to trend well below the U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 9.7 percent. The Texas Civilian Labor Force continued to grow in January, reaching its highest level ever at 12.1 million workers.
“The Texas unemployment rate held steady over the past two months at 8.2 percent and remained lower than the national rate of 9.7 percent,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Tom Pauken.
In January, the Amarillo Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) experienced the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 6.0 percent (not seasonally adjusted), followed by the Lubbock MSA and the Midland MSA, both with 6.2 percent. The unemployment rate stood at 6.4 percent in the College Station-Bryan MSA. Thats up from 5.7% in December of 09 and 5.1 percent in January of 09.