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Austin Jobless Rate Creeps Up

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A bump in Austin unemployment will send more job seekers in search of Texas Workforce Commission help.

January unemployment numbers for Texas remained essentially unchanged from December.  But the non-seasonally adjusted jobless rate in Central Texas crept up 0.4%.  That rate stands at 7.3%, much of the rise attributed to the end of extra hiring for the holidays. Lisa Givens is a spokesperson with the Texas Workforce Commission.

"We did see a loss of 10,100 jobs, and that's in line with prior years' seasonal fluctuation we've seen historically," said Lisa Givens, a spokesperson for the Texas Workforce Commission.

A year ago, Austin's unemployment rate stood at 7.6%.  Nationally, the unemployment rate stands at 9 percent.