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Texas Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1 Percent in March

Everything is bigger in Texas, including rates of employment and job growth. According to a Texas Workforce Commission press release, the state added 37,200 new jobs to the workforce in March, dropping the statewide unemployment rate down to 8.1 percent.

This is significantly lower than the national average unemployment rate in March, which was sitting at 8.8 percent for that month. The Houston metro area reportedly has an unemployment rate slightly above the state average at 8.3 percent, but this isn’t too worrisome because job growth in the region is clearly improving.

Texans going back to work is certainly something worth celebrating. With lower rates of unemployment, less and less people are applying for Unemployment Insurance. More jobs also typically means more spending among consumers, which leads to improvement of the local economy.

If you're looking for a job in Texas, then perhaps it's best to check for work in the leisure and hospitality sector. Leisure and hospitality employment reportedly increased by 9,900 jobs in March for a total of 28,000 positions added over the year. The manufacturing job sector also added 4,000 across the state jobs in the month of March.

Let's not forget that Unemployment Insurance is still available to those people who have been put out of work through no fault of their own. This includes employees who have been laid off, wrongfully discharged, or forced to leave employment for a compelling reason. See the Texas Workforce Commission's website to find out the state's specific guidelines and qualifications for receiving Unemployment Insurance.

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