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Dallas Fed: Texas Adds 21,400 Jobs in December; Unemployment Rates Fall in Nine Major Metro Areas

For immediate release: January 24, 2014

DALLAS—Texas added 21,400 jobs in December, according to seasonally adjusted and benchmarked payroll employment numbers released today by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.

In 2013, Texas added 267,000 jobs. The state added 16,100 jobs in November.

Unemployment rates fell in nine major Texas metro areas in December, according to seasonally adjusted numbers from the Dallas Fed. Brownsville-Harlingen saw the largest decline in unemployment rate, falling from 10.1 percent in November to 9.8 percent in December.

The Dallas Fed improves the Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) payroll employment estimates for Texas by incorporating preliminary benchmarks into the data in a more timely manner and by using a two-step seasonal adjustment technique. Texas metropolitan area unemployment rates from the BLS are also seasonally adjusted by the Dallas Fed.

The Dallas Fed also recently made available monthly updates of seasonally adjusted employment data by industry at the state and metro levels for Texas.

Next Release Date: March 7


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