Texas Unemployment Drops to 7.1%

Unemployment rates fell in most U.S. states last month as a growing economy encouraged employers across the country to step up hiring.

The Labor Department says unemployment rates declined in 28 states in February. That included Texas, where unemployment fell to 7.1%, down from 7.3% in January. Rates rose in eight states and were unchanged in 13 plus Washington, DC.

The improvement was broader in January, when unemployment rates fell in 45 states. Still, job growth was more widespread than in previous months. Employers added jobs in 42 states, the most in almost a year. Ohio, Texas, and New York reported the biggest job gains.

Nationwide, the economy added 227,000 net jobs in February. The unemployment rate stayed at 8.3% after five straight months of declines.

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Andrew Schneider

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Andrew Schneider joined KUHF in January 2011, after more than a decade as a print reporter for The Kiplinger Letter...