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Houston's Unemployment Rate Higher Than State Average

Texas Workforce Commission data indicates that the unemployment rate in the Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown metropolitan area was at 8.8 percent in the month of January, which is significantly higher than the state's unemployment average of 8.3 percent for that same month.

Perhaps Houston residents will have greater difficulties finding jobs compared to other people in the state. Yet The Houston Business Journal reports that the state of Texas has generally gained jobs so far in the year 2011. The largest state employment increase in January was in the trade, transportation and utilities category, which added 15,800 jobs to the workforce for the month.

Education and health services employment as well as the manufacturing employment sector also added a great number of jobs in January. The total non-farm employment in Texas was reportedly up by 44,100 jobs in January, representing the addition of 253,900 jobs from just one year prior.

The national unemployment rate in January was at 9 percent, so even the Houston metro area's high unemployment rate for the state is lower than the national average. The Midland metro area had the lowest unemployment rate in the state during the month of January at just 5 percent.

Job loss can be tough for many people, especially with the surge of unemployment in Houston. Fortunately, unemployment compensation and benefits are available to many people in the state who have recently been put out of work through no fault of their own. See the Texas Workforce Commission's website to find out Texas' specific guidelines and qualifications for receiving Unemployment Insurance.

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