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Texas jobless rate rises to 8.3 percent

Texas’ jobless rate rose to 8.3 percent in December, from 8 percent the previous month, and the state shed 23,900 jobs, the Texas Workforce Commission said Friday.

"Texas continues to feel the effects of this serious recession with unemployment," said Tom Pauken, the commission chairman. "Nonetheless, unemployment in Texas remains well below the national level of 10 percent."

Statewide, education and health services added 4,800 jobs in December, for a total 60,400 jobs gained in the last 12 months. Mining and logging added 300 jobs.

Trade, transportation and utilities lost 7,400 jobs during the month, leisure and hospitality 6,500 jobs, and professional and business services 5,300.

The Fort Worth-Arlington jobless rate, which, unlike the state data, is not adjusted for seasonal fluctuations, was 8 percent in December. That was up from 7.9 percent the prior month and 5.7 percent in December 2008.

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